Hyundai is working on a new 7-seater SUV that will be going against the MG Hector and the Tata Safari. The new SUV has already been showcased with camouflage. The SUVs launch was postponed to June because of the second wave of COVID-19 cases that our country was facing. The new SUV has now been teased officially by Hyundai by uploading a new video on YouTube and some new details have also been revealed.
Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “With a deep rooted understanding of our customer’s aspirations, our R&D Centre has invested countless man hours to ensure every aspect of Hyundai ALCAZAR exudes magnificence. And combined with our premium and superior manufacturing capabilities & rich heritage of ‘Make in India’, we have crafted the perfect masterpiece of grandeur. Hyundai ALCAZAR is well set to enter a new segment, marking Hyundai’s genesis into uncharted territories. With bold new moves, we are on a conquest of redefining benchmarks to exceed the aspirations of our customers.”
The new video showcases the range of Hyundai’s SUVs. We can see the Creta, Venue, Kona Electric and the Tucson in the video. However, the Alcazar is not shown in the video. In the end, the video says “Welcome to the Hyundai SUV tribe”.
Hyundai has given special attention to riding comfort and NVH or Noise Vibration and Harshness levels of the Alcazar. They have a hydraulic rebound stopper in the front strut for better rebound control and a plush ride experience. The floor area of the SUV has been a structural adhesive and foam. This helps in absorbing the unwanted road noise. The driveshaft has been fine-tuned to improve the NVH levels.
The Alcazar will be a 7-seater SUV. It will be positioned above the Creta and below the Tucson. It is aimed towards current Creta owners who are looking to upgrade. The Alcazar is a larger vehicle than the Creta. However, a lot of the things are similar between Creta and Alcazar.
It uses the same platform as the Creta but Hyundai has increased the wheelbase of the SUV to increase the space in the cabin. The wheelbase has been increased by 150 mm when compared to Creta which means it has the longest wheelbase in the segment. The longer wheelbase has helped in liberating more legroom and foot room for the second-row passengers. It has also helped in making space for the third row of seats.
The cabin of the SUV has also been upgraded because it is a more expensive SUV. Hyundai wants to provide a more up-market feel to the occupants. Where the Creta comes with a black and beige theme for the cabin, the Alcazar will come with a black and brown theme which does look more premium.
The buyers will also be given an option of getting two captain seats for the second row instead of a bench seat. What is unique to the Alcazar is a dedicated central console for the rear occupants. Until now, no other 7-seater SUV offers a dedicated central console for the second-row occupants. However, this also means that you cannot just walk down between the seats to get into the third row. You would have to slide the second-row seats and then climb back.
Up-front, there is a different grille up-front that has more chrome than the Creta. It also comes with a slightly different bumper, skid plate and fog lamp housing than the Creta. At the side, there are different and larger 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear, Alcazar has an entirely new upright tailgate with a completely new set of LED tail lamps that are positioned horizontally and a new bumper.