Hyundai Alcazar competes with the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus in India
Hyundai has launched the much-awaited 7 seater Alcazar in India with its prices starting from INR 16.30 lakh (Ex-showroom) The SUV is available in a total of three trims and two seating configurations. The fully loaded diesel 6 seater will cost you INR 19.99 lakh. Bookings for the car are now open through the carmaker’s official website and dealer network.
As you already know, the Alcazar is the 7 seater SUV based on the popular Creta nameplate. It is also the carmaker’s first 7 seater SUV for India (The Santa Fe XL never made it to our shores!) However, it has a carefully knit set of cues to differentiate itself from the Creta. You would find these in the design, cabin, equipment list and mechanicals.
The Alcazar is considerably larger than its 5 seater sibling. The wheelbase has grown by 150mm, in order to incorporate the third row. The Alcazar rides on 18 inch wheels while the Creta has 17 inchers. Other design deviations include a larger front grille with plenty of chrome on it, updated bumpers, new wrap-around tail lamp units, a tailgate that now stands more upright, dual exhaust tips, and a very prominent rear quarter glass !
The Alcazar comes in three variants- Prestige, Platinum and Signature. There are a total of six paint schemes available, including two dual tones- Taiga Brown, Typhoon Silver, Polar White, Titan Grey, Phantom Black and Starry Night (The Grey and White get dual tones)
The Alcazar’s cabin gets a premium touch to it. It comes with a bunch of exciting features, including a number of segment firsts. The 10.25 inch digital instrument cluster, which unlike the ones on the Verna and i20, is a full colour unit, borrowed directly from the carmaker’s global models. The 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and comes paired to a BOSE premium audio system. The Alcazar also has a lane change monitor, 360 degree camera, panoramic sunroof, ISOFIX mounts, second row sunshades, wireless charger, and much more.
Much like its rivals, Hyundai alcazar is available in two seating configurations- 6 and 7 seater. The 6 seater gets comfortable captain seats in the second row and a very practical floor-mounted central armrest. The second row gets one-touch tip and tumbe function for easier access to the third row. The front seats get tray tables as well.
The Alcazar is underpinned by the same K2 platform as the Creta. The 3 row SUV, however, comes with two engines and two transmission options. There is a new 2.0 L, 4 cylinder petrol engine churning out 159 hp and 192 Nm. This is a reworked version of the Elantra’s petrol powerhouse, which on the Alcazar produces an additional 7 hp! Hyundai claims 0-100kmph to happen in 9.5 seconds on the petrol Alcazar. The diesel engine, however, is the same 1.5L unit from the Creta, producing 115 hp and 250 Nm. There are 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic units available as transmissions.
The Alcazar will come with selectable drive modes, multiple traction modes, and a FWD layout. Hyundai claims fuel efficiency figures of 14+ kpl on the petrol variants and 18+ kpl on the diesels
Price And Rivals
|Variant||Petro 6 Seater||Petrol 7 Seater||Diesel 6 Seater||Diesel 7 Seater|
|Prestige MT||16.30 lakh||16.45 lakh||16.53 lakh||16.68 lakh|
|Prestige AT||17.93 lakh||18.01 lakh||–|
|Platinum MT||18.22 lakh||–||18.45 lakh||–|
|Platinum AT||–||19.56 lakh||–||19.79 lakh|
|Signature MT||–||18.71 lakh||–||18.94 lakh|
|Signature AT||–||19.85 lakh||–||19.99 lakh|
As you might now already know, the all new Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus will be the key market rivals of the Hyundai Alcazar. The Safari is priced from 14.73 lakh and the MG Hector Plus from 13.44 lakh in India.