Hyundai Alcazar - An extended Creta?

On the occasion of completing 25 years in India, Hyundai launched the long awaited made in India and made for India 6 and 7 seater Alcazar SUV on 18th June 2021 in an online event. The name Alcazar is a Spanish word referring to the royal palaces of Spain which are a symbol luxury, premiumness and class. The Hyundai Alcazar comes in 3 trims – Prestige, Platinum and Signature which when combined with engine and transmission options become a list of 14 variants to choose from with the base variant starting from ₹16.3 lakhs and goes up to the top variant for ₹20 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai. The base variant is ₹1.3 lakhs and ₹2.70 lakhs more expensive than the Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus respectively, these are the direct competitors so the Korean brand should stand its Alcazar to a bit more luxurious product in this segment to justify the price. As for the performance goes, the Alcazar comes in 2 engine options one in both Petrol and Diesel, the petrol engine comes as a 2L unit which produces 159bhp of power and 191nm torque, the diesel engine comes as a 1.5L unit which produces 115bhp power and 270nm torque. The engine unit is combined with 6-speed manual and automatic torque converter transmission which results in the mileage of 14.5km/l and 14.2km/l in petrol manual and automatic, whereas the diesel engine results in 20.4km/l in manual and 18.1kml in automatic transmission.

Overall the design language is similar to the Creta with some minor changes that makes it distinguishable. 4.5m long, 1.79m wide and 1.65m high, with a wheelbase of 2.76m the Alcazar is 200mm long and 40mm high than the Creta keeping the overall width of the car as same. 180L of cargo space with the 3rd row seats up which Hyundai claims to be the best in class. The front profile of the car is identical to Creta and it would be impossible for someone to identify, the key to that is in the grill, Alcazar has a bigger grill with chrome beads. The back profile has a conventional design language with boxy and distinctive LED tail lights along with a chrome strip with Alcazar written on it, sculpted character lines on the sides add to the sportiness and muscular stance. Available in 6 standard colors – Phantom Black, Polar White, Starry Night, Taiga Brown, Titan Grey and Typhoon Silver, dual tone options come only in the Polar White and Titan Grey with the Phantom Black roof. The Interior of the car feels like Creta as well but tweaked for more luxury. Dual tone Cognac brown dashboard and the rest interior along with Glossy black center console which in the long run attracts more scratches.

As always Hyundai gives the best gadgets and technology to its cars and so the Alcazar is not an exception. The new SUV has a dedicated AC vent and USB port for the 3rd row passengers, the 2nd row seats have a one touch tip and tumble function for easy entry and exit to the 3rd row seats. A dedicated wireless charger and first in segment seatback table with device holder adds to the comfort of the passengers. Just like all other Hyundai cars the Alcazar is also equipped with the Advanced Bluelink technology but apart from that is an additional welcome greeting in the form of a voice which is a weird quirk. Ambient lighting with 64 colors, puddle lamp with Hyundai logo, 8-speaker Bose audio setup and a big panoramic sunroof. 360-degree camera, front parking sensors and blind spot monitoring system adds to the safety of the car, we are yet to know about the official information about airbags and star ratings.

The SUV market is booming in India and Hyundai has been enjoying its success so far. The Alcazar has complete blend of luxury and practicality, competing against some new offerings like the Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus, the Alcazar has surely given its best shot.

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