Undoubtedly, one of the most hotly-anticipated cars of the year is the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar. The all-new three-row family SUV is based on the outgoing Creta, but it is substantially bigger. The Korean automaker has increased the wheelbase of the standard Creta by 150mm, thus actually opening up some real room in the cabin. With the official launch just around the corner, Hyundai India has now revealed the interior design, layout, and features of the Alcazar. Furthermore, interested buyers can place their booking by paying a token amount of Rs 25,000.
If it weren’t for the second wave of the pandemic, Hyundai would have already launched the Alcazar in India. Having said that, the demand for three-row SUVs remains quite strong, despite the prevailing challenges in the market. For a long time, the Creta has been the best-selling SUV in the country, and Hyundai is hoping it would once again strike gold with the Alcazar. Many buyers would appreciate the lengthy list of features that the Hyundai Alcazar will be loaded with. There will be at least six separate variants of the Alcazar on sale – Prestige, Prestige (O), Platinum, Platinum (O), Signature, and Signature (O).
To elevate its status over that of the Creta, the interior of the Hyundai Alcazar is finished in a dual-tone “cognac brown” color scheme. The upholstery not only looks pleasing to the eye, but it also adds to the upmarket appeal that Hyundai seems to be aiming for. As you can see in the pictures, the Alcazar can be had in either 6- or 7-seater versions. While the captain seats in the former come with a handy ‘one-touch tip & tumble’ function, the bench seat in the 7-seater version can slide forward or backward. This, along with the Alcazar’s segment-leading 2,760mm wheelbase, means that those sitting in the third row don’t have to struggle much for knee room. Moreover, the last-row seats can be reclined or folded flat for more luggage space.
The interior of the Hyundai Alcazar is meant to be more practical and luxurious when compared to the Creta. Therefore, adding to the overall ambiance and comfort of its cabin are rear-window sunshades, a large voice-operated panoramic sunroof, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 64-color LED mood lighting, and an automatic air purifier. Other features here include a dedicated center armrest with a usable storage cubby and cupholders (6-seater version only), sliding front sunvisors, retractable cupholders & tray tables behind the front seats, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, and a 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, the touch-infotainment system in the Alcazar gets Hyundai’s BlueLink connected-car technology plus Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The Hyundai Alcazar also comes with multiple driver-selectable drive and traction control modes. Meanwhile, some of the noticeable features on the outside include fixed running boards on the sides, puddle lamps, LED headlights, twin tailpipes, and dual-tone alloy wheels. Exterior color choices include mono-tone shades such as Phantom Black, Polar White, Starry Night, Taiga Brown, Titan Grey, and Typhoon Silver. However, Hyundai will also offer the Alcazar in dual-tone colors like Polar White with black roof and Titan Grey with black roof.
Under the hood, the Hyundai Alcazar will be available with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel. The MPi petrol engine in the Alcazar will make 157hp and 191Nm of torque, while the CRDi oil burner has an output of 113hp and 250Nm. Whichever engine you choose, transmission options include a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Given its impressive list of equipment and a spacious plus comfortable cabin, the Hyundai Alcazar should be able to make its mark. Now, all Hyundai India has to do is get the pricing right.