Hyundai goals to dwell a brand new dream now. According to Tarun Garg, director, gross sales, and advertising and marketing HMI, the Korean carmaker concentrating on a brand new set of patrons and bridge the hole between Creta and Tucson by way of worth level. Welcome the Alcazar.
The time period ‘Alcazar’ stands for a fortress in Spanish. Whether it’s the excessive stage of automation in making the Alcazar or sustaining the benchmark of creature comforts, Hyundai claims to have stepped no fallacious foot.
Alcazar, merely put, is an prolonged 7-seater avatar of Creta. But in contrast to Safari-Harrier and Hector-Plus, the affiliation between Alcazar and Creta transcends past a touchup job. For starters, the wheelbase at 2,760 mm is prolonged by 150 mm. This interprets into not-so-unproportionate-looking overhangs.
In phrases of mechanicals, what’s been divulged up to now, Alcazar rides of 18-inch diamond-cut alloys and double discs anchor the braking duties. Even the engine choices have been thoughtfully picked.
The frugal 1.5-litre CRDi diesel, energy rated at 115 PS, is frequent in each the Hyundai SUVs. Consider it of venture or masterstroke, Hyundai has employed the Third-gen Nu, 2-litre petrol engine – the identical unit which serves Elantra and Tucson. The petrol delivers segment-leading energy, mileage and a 0-100 kmph quantity, Hyundai claims.
Alcazar’s prime rivals — Hector Plus and Safari — are closely depending on diesel powertrain. Garg stated, “Being a leading SUV maker, we must offer customers the maximum possible options. The 159PS petrol is fun-to-drive and customers will love it in city driving. For those who travel more on highways, the powerful-yet-efficient diesel will be a good alternative.”
Hyundai has provided a 6-speed automated torque convertor and 6-speed guide transmission choices with Alcazar. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol, unsurprisingly, has been saved out of the loop.
The Hyundai Alcazar previewed was closely camouflaged, which meant not a lot could possibly be seen or felt concerning the SUV. That stated, the picture handouts by Hyundai counsel appreciable variations with Creta by way of design. While the three-way therapy of LEDs is carried ahead, components like a bigger cascading grille, greater fog lamps, and completely different bumper lend distinctiveness to the chin. Roof railes are provided, however the facet step in Alcazar provides a little bit of visible drama.
The rear third will get a very completely different therapy from Creta. A chrome appliqué with ‘ALCAZAR’ embossing connects the tail lamp clusters, which appear to attract a little bit of inspiration from Palisade.
The firm didn’t disclose the checklist of creature comforts intimately, nevertheless, predicting by Hyundai’s commonplace, options like ventilated seats, wi-fi charging, panoramic sunroof, linked expertise and extra might be a part of the package deal.
The third-row seat, the eye grabber, Hyundai doesn’t advocate for adults. Instead, the corporate says the area is adequate for teenagers and youngsters.
Drive expertise: 2-litre petrol/6-MT
The cabin is silent as a tomb when the engine is fired. The 2-litre petrol is refined and feels punchy to rev. The 6-speed guide isn’t probably the most exact available in the market however may be very slick to shift. The lengthy clutch journey isn’t an issue both, because of its lightness. Alcazar’s driveability, view from the entrance seat is pretty much as good because the Creta, if not higher.
Body rolls are evident with SUVs of this measurement and order. Alcazar comes as a shock although, countering them effortlessly across the corners. The utilization of 75 per cent excessive energy nonetheless could possibly be a attainable cause behind it. The trip high quality is plush over the unhealthy roads and damaged patches. What’s attention-grabbing to note is the minimal wobbly, sideways motion contained in the cabin — once more one thing that comes as a part of the stretched SUVs.
The steering a tad bit heavier and bulkier than the Creta — however under no circumstances will tire you out in metropolis visitors. The suggestions isn’t very exact, however absolutely your complete package deal is habitable. This, under no circumstances, is a verdict. Hyundai organized a drive, a curated 10-kilometre stretch totally on a well-paved, empty highway. While the primary impression was likable, there’s nonetheless a little bit of time earlier than we see Alcazar available in the market.