Hyundai has finally unveiled the Alcazar their first 6/7 seater SUV for India. We have seen the Alcazar in flesh at a select media preview in Jaipur. Do watch out for our quick video walk-around which will be up tomorrow.
The Alcazar is built on the Creta’s platform and uses its underpinnings but a lot of changes have gone in making it into a proper full sized 6/7 seater SUV. In terms of exteriors the SUV comes with the trademark Hyundai cascading grille in chrome and glossy black combination, projector headlamps, an all new bumper with faux skid plates, character lines on the bonnet.
On the sides the extended wheelbase which is 2760mm is very evident. The Alcazar gets 18 inch wheels with neat looking dual tone alloys. You also have a practical step board on the running board. The rear door is bigger in size as compared to the Creta and so is the door opening to help easier entry. You also get this meaty glossy black body element that starts from the C pillar and flows ahead towards the A pillar. The Alcazar being a 6/7 seater also gets a large fixed quarter glass for the third row. Glass area is pretty large, the sides also get highlighted with a sharp waistline that runs across with a kink on the rear door. The roof area comes with a large panoramic sunroof along with roof rails and a shark fin antenna.
The rear profile gets a all new boot lid, trendy looking new design LED tail lamps and ALCAZAR badge placed on the boot lid rather prominently. Like the front the rear bumper also gets faux skid plates, stop reflector and all new styling. The ground clearance also remains the same as the Cretas at 190mm
We can’t speak on the interiors and features of the Alcazar for now due to embargo reasons but rest assured the SUV is loaded till the brim in typical Hyundai fashion. What we can tell you is that the Alcazar will come with Drive mode selection features that set different steering effort mapping for Eco, City and Sport modes.
What we can speak is of the engine options that the Alcazar will come with. You have two engine options one Petrol one Diesel. The Petrol engine is the 3rd Gen Nu 2.0L BS6 Engine that makes 157PS of power with 195Nm of torque and comes mates with an option of the 6-speed manual and also a 6-speed automatic transmission. Well this is the same engine that also powers the latest generation Tucson but we are told the engine is reworked and remapped to suit the Alcazars 6-7 seater character. This engine promises acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h in under 10 seconds.
The Diesel engine is the U2 1.5L engine that makes 115PS of power with 255Nm of torque and also gets the 6-speed manual along with a 6-speed automatic transmission option.
In terms of structural rigidity the Alcazar gets an extensive application of 75.6 % Advanced and High-Strength Steel (AHSS & HSS), the SUPERSTRUCTURE that epitomizes rugged elegance and superior durability that is crafted in an Industry 4.0 enabled shop floor. The underbody has been designed to absorb and disperse impact energy. Ring structure design in Engine Room, B-Pillar and D-Pillar increase rigidity for enhanced handling and stability. Application of Hot Stamping parts for frontal crash energy flow and strengthened connectivity for side impact strength. Extensive use of Human Engineering to ensure ‘Smartivity’ in new model development with 3D shop environment analysis, equipment digital pre-assembly and robot offline program.