Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has released official sketches of their upcoming 7-seater SUV, Alcazar. Hyundai plans to deliver a premium experience with the Alcazar and will be launching the vehicle on April 6, 2021. Once launched, the Alcazar will compete against the like of the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500.
Since Alcazar is essentially a three-row SUV based on the Creta, it also is based on Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language. The sketches show how the side and rear profile of the upcoming SUV will look. A major change can be seen when looking at the vehicle from the side. While the wheelbase could be the same as Creta, the length has definitely been increased to accommodate a third row. This is very apparent after looking at the larger rear overhangs. While the rear of the Creta has a lot of sharp creases, the Alcazar goes for a cleaner and more curvy approach. It gets LED tail lamps that look like the units found on the Creta but the design is subtly different. The stop light in the middle of the boot has been shifted to the top and is now housed in the roof-mounted spoiler. There is a chunky looking faux skid plate at the bottom to give it an imposing yet smart look.
Hyundai will offer the Alcazar in both, 6 and 7-seater variants. The design sketches revealed by the company show the interior with two captain seats in the second row and a bench in the third. For the 7-seater version, the second-row captain seats will be replaced with a bench that can accommodate three passengers. The interior of Alcazar is based on a Wing-Surround architecture to enhance the ambience for the people seated inside. Alcazar will get the same flat-bottom steering wheel seen in the Creta and will have the same 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car features via BlueLink. The interior will have a two-tone colour scheme. Apart from this, one can spot a floor-mounted armrest for second-row passengers. The armrest also has cupholders for added convenience. There are separate AC vents for third-row occupants too.
Additionally, it could borrow a host of features from Hyundai Creta like a large panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, front ventilated seats, automatic climate control, electronic parking brake, voice commands and an air purifier. Considering the larger proportions of the Alcazar, Hyundai could equip the vehicle with features like front parking sensors or even surround-view cameras.
As for engine options, we expect the Alcazar to be powered by the same engines that are also found in the Creta. These include a 1.5-litre MPi, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 113 hp & 144 Nm, a 1.5-litre CRDi, turbo-diesel engine producing 113 hp & 250 Nm and a 1.4-litre TGDi turbo-petrol engine that makes 138 hp & 242 Nm. These engines will come with manual and automatic transmission options.
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