Hyundai Alcazar Preview
Hyundai is testing a long-wheelbase version of the Creta with a third row, which is all set to arrive in the Indian market later this year. However, Hyundai will not call it the Creta – or the Creta Seven-Seater either – and instead, it will be called the Alcazar. It will be based on the same platform as the smaller Creta, and it will have an extra row of seats.
What we do know so far is that the Alcazar will get some styling tweaks at the front to distinguish it from its lesser sibling. However, the area of interest would be the rear and the side profile C-pillar onwards, as it will be a longer vehicle with an entirely new rear profile.
The interiors, on the other hand, are expected to be slightly revised as opposed to the 2020 Creta. Hyundai might also offer a six-seat version of the car along with the seven-seat one, with the usual bench seats on the latter as opposed to captain seats on the former in the middle row.
In terms of the powertrain options, we expect Hyundai to offer the same set of engines as with the Creta. Therefore, expect the Hyundai Alcazar to be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel, and a sprightlier 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The gearbox options are also expected to be the same too.
Expect the Hyundai Alcazar to be a bit dearer than the ongoing five-seat model. When it arrives in the country, it will go up against the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500.