Hyundai's seven-seater SUV range is expanding with the Alcazar model, but we will probably not see it on the European market.
While in Europe we are anxiously awaiting further details on the new Hyundai Staria MPV, in the Indian market, the South Korean carmaker will try to attract customers looking for a large-capacity car with a new Alcazar SUV capable of carrying a crew of up to seven.
The basis of the Alcazar model is the Creta crossover, ie a five-seater crossover intended for the Indian market, in which the wheelbase has been extended by 150 mm due to the third row of seats. The result is a car with a wheelbase of 2760 mm and a slightly extended overhang at the rear axle, thanks to which the seats in the third row should offer more comfort.
Components such as doors, hood, or front fenders were taken over by the carmaker from the smaller Creta model, but the larger Alcazar received at least a unique radiator grille. Due to the adjustment of the wheelbase and the rear overhang, it was necessary to redesign the rear parts of the car, which should now look more robust and underline the impression of the SUV. This is also related to the decorative lining made of brushed aluminum in the front and rear bumper.
The biggest changes, of course, took place in the cabin, which can be either six-seater or seven-seater. In the six-seater variant, two captain's seats are located in the second row, while in the seven-seater version they are replaced by more practical benches with three seats. Access to the third row should then be facilitated by a simple one-button folding of the second-row seats.
In terms of equipment, the model does not lack anything that a proper modern SUV should have. Equipment includes a 10.25 ”infotainment touch screen, panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, automatic air conditioning, digital instrument panel, or 360 ° camera system.
There can be only two engines under the hood. For those interested in a petrol powertrain, a 2.0-liter engine of 157 hp with 192 Nm of torque is available, while diesel engines are represented by a 1.5-liter turbodiesel of 113 hp with a maximum torque of 250 Nm. Both engines can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic.
The new Hyundai Alcazar SUV is expected to arrive in the Indian market within the next month. Customers from the second-most populous country in the world will then have to fight for models whose names we hardly know in Europe, but which include cars such as the Tata Safari, Hector Plus, or Mahindra XUV500.