Scheduled to be launched in May, Hyundai was forced to push the launch of the Alcazar by a month given the COVID-19 pandemic related lockdown. The Alcazar is the 7-seater sibling of the mid-sized Creta
The ongoing lockdown in selected states in the country has created quite havoc in terms of product launches in the automotive space. Just earlier this week we reported that Skoda will now bring in the Octavia sometime next month, after being forced to reschedule its launch from April. Hyundai, too, has joined the bandwagon as it gets set to bring in the all-new Alcazar in the second half of June. The Korean carmaker took the wraps off the 7-seater SUV in April and was initially scheduled to launch it in May.
For the uninitiated, the Alcazar is a mid-sized 7-seater SUV based on the Creta. In fact, the Alcazar is powered by the same engine and transmission options as the best-selling Creta. Under the hood, the Alcazar will come with petrol, as well as a diesel engine option. The gasoline-powered Alcazar makes 157bhp and 191Nm from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit – the same one that also powers the Elantra and the Tucson. The Alcazar shares its diesel heart with the Creta – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit that pushes out 113bhp and 250Nm. Both engines come paired with a 6-speed manual as well as 6-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of dimensions, the Alcazar’s front and rear wheels sit 2,760mm apart, which is 150mm more than the Creta. While the Alcazar shares a lot of its parts with the Creta, it does have a few changes in design, like a revised front grille, a new set of wheels, larger rear doors and more. Expect some subtle changes on the inside as well.
As you’d expect from any car with a Hyundai badge on the bonnet, the Alcazar too will come heavily loaded with features. The feature list includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, connected tech, 360-degree camera, ventilated and electrically adjustable front seats and more.
Bookings for the Alcazar have already commenced. When launched, the Alcazar will take on the likes of the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and the Mahindra XUV500. Expect the Hyundai 7-seater to be priced marginally higher than the Creta in the Rs 12-18 lakh range.