Hyundai postpones launch of Alcazar to late May’21

Hyundai was expected to launch the Alcazar SUV on 29th April. However, because of the increase in the number of cases in India, the manufacturer has decided to postpone the launch of the Alcazar in late May’21. This is a good move by the manufacturer, Skoda Auto also delayed their launch of the Octavia premium sedan because of the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The Alcazar is a bigger version of the Creta. In terms of pricing, the Alcazar will sit above the Creta mid-size SUV and below the Tucson SUV.

The Alcazar is based on the same platform as the Creta. However, the Alcazar has a 150 mm longer wheelbase measuring 2,760 mm. This has been done to accommodate the larger rear doors, a longer rear overhang and the third-row of seats.

The design of the Alcazar is quite similar to the Creta. You will see a similar grille and headlamps design. Hyundai has differentiated the grille by using a lot of chrome so that the Alcazar looks more premium. There is a slightly different front bumper on the Alcazar. It uses a different faux skid plate which is slimmer and a different fog lamp housing. The front of the Alcazar does look more premium than the Creta.

The front half of the side profile of Alcazar resembles a lot of the Creta. But differences start to appear starting from a larger front door which should make ingress and egress easier. Hyundai is also offering a running board for the Alcazar because they know that the Alcazar will be bought mostly by the families. The third quarter window is much bigger than the one found on the Creta. This will help the third-occupants to not feel claustrophobic and also driver would also have more visibility. There is also plastic cladding that runs throughout the side profile of the SUV. Hyundai is using different dual-tone alloy wheels that measure 18-inches in size. For reference, the alloy wheels of Creta measure 17-inches. You also get a set of roof rails which we do not think will be functional.

The most drastic change, you will find is at the rear. The entire rear section of the Alcazar has been redone to differentiate it from the Creta. There is a more upright tailgate with wraparound LED tail lamps, dual exhaust tips, a faux skid plate and a different bumper.

The dashboard layout will be the same as the Creta. However, the cabin theme will be different. The Alcazar will be using a back and dark brown coloured interior as we have seen from the interior sketches. There will be an option of getting a 6-seat or 7-seat version. The captain seat layout will also get a centre console between the rear occupants which is a first in the segment. It will come with features like a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charger and a lot more.

Hyundai Alcazar will come with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine puts out 159 hp and 192 Nm whereas the diesel engine puts out 115 hp and 250 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter. The Alcazar will go against Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700.