Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off of the highly-awaited all-new Alcazar SUV. This comes just a couple of weeks prior to the official launch, along with a few details as well. As we already know by now, the Alcazar is basically the stretched, three-row version of the outgoing Creta. The latter has been a huge hit for the Korean automaker in India, going on to become the best-selling SUV. However, what the Creta lacks is that crucial third row – a feature that the Alcazar does get. In fact, the Hyundai Alcazar will come in 6-seater and 7-seater avatars, making it that much more versatile.
Hyundai says that it has used Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) & High-Strength Steel (HSS) in over 75 percent of the Alcazar’s body. This should, in theory, translate to the Alcazar being quite a safe vehicle for the family. The automaker also mentioned that the Alcazar incorporates special structures within the engine bay, B-pillar, and D-pillar that increases chassis rigidity. Therefore, the SUV’s handling and stability will not be compromised. As for the safety claims, we will have to wait for official crash tests before drawing any conclusion. However, what the Alcazar definitely has is a longer wheelbase as compared to the Creta – 150mm more, at 2,760mm.
On the styling front, the all-new Hyundai Alcazar does get its own unique touches over the Creta. For starters, the large cascading front grille now sports a shinier chrome-studded pattern for that true upmarket feel. When viewed in profile, the Alcazar’s stretched body becomes instantly apparent. The added length does give this SUV a more planted and beefier look, especially when compared to the Creta. Moreover, the Alcazar will come with larger two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels – further complimenting the SUV’s overall design. You have a sizeable fixed rear quarter glass in the Alcazar, something the smaller Creta doesn’t need or get. Oh, Hyundai has also fitted the Alcazar with larger side steps for easier ingress and egress.
The most discernable change at the back of the Hyundai Alcazar is its new tail lamps. Compared to the rather controversial design of the Creta’s taillights, the ones on the Alcazar look more seamless and well-proportioned. These tail lamps will definitely get different lighting elements over the Creta and LED running lights as well. Other changes that can be expected here would be a completely new and larger tailgate, a new rear windscreen, a different roof spoiler, and a revised rear bumper. It is clear that the rear and side profile of the Alcazar will be the two most prominent ways of telling it apart from the Creta.
The Alcazar will come with a newly-developed 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that’s rated at 157hp and 191Nm of torque. Hyundai says that this engine is capable of propelling the Alcazar from 0 to 100 kmph in under 10 seconds if optioned with the 6-speed manual gearbox. For those who want a more relaxed driving experience, there will also be a 6-speed automatic on offer. Moreover, the Alcazar will get a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine as well. This four-banger is rated at 113hp and 250Nm of peak torque, though it too can be had with either the 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. Hyundai says that the gearbox in the Alcazar, though shared with the Creta, has different ratios for better performance.