Ahead of its official launch in the coming weeks, Hyundai has taken the wraps off of its all-new three-row SUV, the Alcazar. While it is nearly based on the Creta, there are some differences to well, differentiate the two. Apart from the names where one is acceptable as a car name while the other is well, a Pokemon!
The Alcazar has a wheelbase of 2,760mm, roughly 1500mm more than the Creta, to allow for more space on the inside for the second-row occupants as well as to fit in the third-row. As far as the design goes, the Alcazar looks strikingly similar to the Creta, but there is a slightly redesigned grille with a diamond-studded pattern, a front bumper which sports minimal changes and a new set of alloys to name a few.
The rear end of the SUV is obviously the most ‘different’ when compared to the Creta. There are new wraparound taillights that extend to the upright tailgate, faux dual exhaust tips, and faux brushed aluminum skid plates. Wrap-around tail lights have always been impressive and give a premium touch to any car. Especially on an MPV or SUV and here too it does just that. Although, there is something unpleasant about that rear end when you look at it from the side.
As mentioned numerous times previously, the Alcazar is a seven-seater, but one can even have the six-seater version which boasts captain seats for the second row. No matter which version you choose, you get a one-touch mechanism that will give you access to the rear seats as well as a sliding function to free up more space for the second or third-row.
Essential to point out that the third row passengers will now get a reclining function so that’s a bonus. The overall interior will have a dual-tone color scheme and the six-seater version will have a dedicated center console with cupholders and wireless charging features.
Powering the three-row SUV will be an upgraded version of the unit found in the Elantra and the Tucson – a 2.0L, 4-cyl, Petrol motor producing 159hp and 192Nm of torque. The Diesel unit is the same as the Creta – a 1.5L, 4-cyl, turbocharged motor producing 115hp and 250Nm of torque. Both the engines will come mated to a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
The 2021 Hyundai Alcazar will go against the likes of MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, and the Mahindra XUV500 (now XUV700). The launch is scheduled for some time in the coming weeks so stay tuned to our website as we bring you the official prices. And it seems very very hard for it to compete. Hear me out.
Firstly, because both the Safari and the upcoming XUV boast off their ‘Made in India’ rugged structure and natural off-road abilities. Even without any 4×4 system on board. Moreover, the XUV will probably come with a 4×4 variant and the Safari’s chassis allows a 4×4 variant as and when demand requires. The Safari being a Tata boasts off its ‘built strong’ body and the XUV will be no less. The only reason the Hector Plus sells is the pricing being much lower. The Alcazar being a Hyundai, will likely cost equal, if not more, than the Safari or the upcoming XUV and that is where things could go unfavorable for Hyundai. Something similar to what the Tiago did to the Santro.