With the launch of the futuristic-looking Staria, Hyundai has pledged its commitment to vans despite declining sales. At the same time, the South Korean brand knows that there is much more money to be made in the SUV segment, deciding to introduce a new three-row model dubbed “Alcazar” to quench the thirst for the India for sport utility vehicles.
It is based on the local five-seater Creta crossover and has an extended wheelbase to accommodate the third row. It is 2,760 millimeters (108.6 inches) between axles or 150 mm (5.9 inches) longer than the Creta and has a slightly elongated rear overhang to make the rearmost seats comfortable to use. use.
While the doors, hood and front fenders were carried over from its little brother, Hyundai made the effort to change the grille giving it a glittering pattern. The rear quarter glass is also new, and the larger taillights reflect the larger Alcazar footprint. Brushed faux aluminum skid plates at the front and rear underscore the SUV nature of the vehicle.
The most obvious changes have taken place inside the cabin where the Alcazar can be ordered with a six-seat layout, in which case the second row has a pair of captain’s chairs. There is also a seven-seater variant with a bench seat in the middle, both configurations benefiting from one-touch operation to fold the second row and facilitate access to the rearmost seats.
When it comes to the level of equipment, the new Hyundai Alcazar has everything you would expect from a mainstream SUV, including a 10.25 inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, air conditioning. automatic, a digital dashboard and a 360-degree camera. . The third row seats fold down completely for additional storage capacity and also have a 50/50 layout.
Under the hood, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine produces 157 horsepower and 192 Newton-meters (142 lb-ft) of torque, good enough for a 0-62 mph (100 km / h) run. of 10 seconds. There is also a 1.5-liter turbodiesel with 113 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). Both can be connected to a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic with the same number of gears.
Scheduled to go on sale in India next month, the Hyundai Alcazar will face stiff competition in the world’s second most populous country as it faces players like the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and the new Mahindra XUV500. generation. .