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Hyundai has unveiled the much-awaited Alcazar SUV in its production-ready guise. The company is expected to launch the three-row SUV in the coming months in the Indian market. The Alcazar is essentially a three-row version of the brand's Creta SUV.
The overall design of the Alcazar resembles that of the Creta SUV. However, there are subtle tweaks made to the new SUV. Starting with an additional row of seating inside, which has resulted in a longer dimension of the SUV.
The Alcazar features a wheelbase of 2,760mm. It has a 150mm longer wheelbase as compared to the Creta SUV. The upcoming SUV also features a larger overhang to accommodate third-row seating and additional boot space.
Looking from the front, the Alcazar features a similar design as the Creta. However, the grille has been tweaked with a diamond-studded pattern, that gives the Alcazar a distinctive appearance.
The front bumpers have also been tweaked slightly. The new SUV carries forward the split-style headlamp design with DRLs placed on top and the main headlamps placed on the bumper. The bottom of the front bumper houses fogs lamps on either side with an air-dam and faux skid plate in the middle.
Looking from the side, the SUV larger dimension is made prominent with the addition of a rear-quarter glass. The Alcazar also receives a new alloy-wheel design to tell it apart from its younger sibling.
The rear design of the Alcazar received new wraparound taillights and a slightly up-right boot-lid. Other exterior features on the rear of the SUV includes a chrome bar placed on the centre of the boot lid, which also bears the ‘Alcazar' moniker, rear scuff plates and faux dual-exhaust tips.
Moving to the interiors of the Alcazar, the SUV will be offered in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations. The 6-seat variants will feature captain seats in the middle row. While the seven-seat models will be offered with a bench seat in the middle.
In both configurations, the second-row seats feature a one-touch tumble mechanism for easy ingress and egress to the third row. The third-row seating can be reclined to choose between comfort or enhanced boot space.
The interior of the Alcazar will be offered with a dual-tone scheme to offer a new and airy feel to the cabin. This is further enhanced by the inclusion of a panoramic sunroof. The captain seat variants are offered with a central armrest that features additional storage space and cup holders.
Other interiors features that are expected on the Alcazar SUV include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with Hyundai's connected technology, a fully digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera, wireless phone charger, automatic climate control and more. The third-row seats will be offered with air-con vents and speed control.
Speaking about the powertrain options of the Alcazar SUV, it will be offered with a 2.0-litre NA petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The new 2.0-litre ‘NU' petrol engine is a four-cylinder DOHC naturally-aspirated unit. It produces a maximum of 157bhp and a peak torque of 192Nm — 7bhp more than the old engine powering the Elantra and Tucson.
On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel engine is the same four-cylinder turbocharged unit from the Creta. It produces a maximum of 115bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. Both engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Thoughts About The Hyundai Alcazar Unveiled Ahead Of India Launch
The Hyundai Alcazar is all set to rival the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari and the Mahindra XUV500 in the Indian market. The SUV is offered with a total of four powertrain options that cater to most buyers in the segment. The Overall design of the Alcazar will remind us of the Creta's roots.