Hyundai has launched the much-awaited Alcazar 7-seat SUV in India priced from INR 16.3 lac (PKR 34.3 lac) for petrol and INR 16.53 lac (PKR 34.8 lac) for the diesel variants.
Alcazar is based on the Hyundai Creta (known as ix25 in some markets) and is considered as brand’s first three-row 7-seat SUV in Indian market. The fascia features a new grille and slightly redesigned bumpers. But the Alcazar shares a lot of its parts & components with Creta, especially the body panels like the front fenders, bonnet and even all four doors are identical to that of the Creta.
The significant changes appear after the C-Pillar where the Alcazar gets a distinct rear quarter glass and a longer rear overhang. The sloping roofline of the Creta is gone while the tail gate gets more upright in position. Towards the back there are new wrap-around tail lamps and a re-profiled rear bumper with dual exhaust tips and a faux brushed aluminum skid plate. The Alcazar rides on 18-inch wheels compared to the 17-inch ones in Creta.
Interior of Hyundai Alcazar
Inside, the Hyundai Alcazar gets a dual-tone brown and black finish interior with the dashboard very much identical to that of the Creta. There is a new 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster with configurable displays. Depending on the variant, the Alcazar is available in both 6- and 7-seat configurations. In 6-seater variant, the Alcazar comes with captain seats for the middle row with a unique fixed floor-mounted armrest with cupholders and extra storage space in the middle. The 7-seat variant gets a bench seat in the middle row. The seats also have a sliding function to adjust space in the third row.
Under the hood, the Hyundai Alcazar gets either a 2.0L petrol (159hp/ 192Nm) or a 1.5L diesel engine (115hp/ 250Nm). Both engines have been re-tuned to produce more power in order to haul 6 or more passengers & a larger vehicle body. Both engines are paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Alcazar also gets multiple drive modes – Comfort, Eco and Sport – as well as multiple traction control modes – Sand, Snow and Mud.
Hyundai Alcazar in India
Standard safety features include dual airbags, anti-lock braking system with EBD, rear parking camera, electronic stability control, hill start assist, rear disc brakes, tire pressure monitoring system and child seat anchors. Higher variants of Hyundai Alcazar get additional safety features like 6 airbags, front and rear parking sensors, blind view monitor and 360 degree camera assist. A rundown on list of equipment shows us:
- 10.25-inch Multi-Display Digital Cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system withy Android Auto, Apple Carplay
- Bose Premium Sound System (8 Speakers)
- Auto Healthy Air Purifier with AQI Display
- Front Row Seatback Table with Retractable cup-holder and IT Device Holder
- Front Row Sliding Sunvisor
- Side Foot Step
- Rear Window Sunshade
- Voice-Enabled Smart Panoramic Sunroof
- 2nd Row One Touch Tip and Tumble Seats (Captain & 60:40 Split Seats)
- Drive Mode Select (Comfort| Eco | Sport)
- Traction Control Modes (Snow | Sand | Mud)
- Puddle Lamps with Hyundai Logo Projection
- 64 Colors Ambient Lighting
- 360-degree parking camera
- Lane Changing Camera
- Power Driver Seat – 8 Way
- Advanced Hyundai Blue Link (Connected-Car Technology)
The Hyundai Alcazar will compete against the likes of MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari & Mahindra XUV500/700 in a growing 7-seat SUV segment in Indian market.
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