Hyundai Alcazar launch postponed to late May 2021
By Editor News ( Apr 26, 2021 )
The launch of the Hyundai Alcazar SUV has been postponed. Prices for the three-row Hyundai SUV will now be announced by late May 2021. The SUV was originally slated to be launched on April 29, 2021. This move has been made in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across India.
- Hyundai Alcazar will be available in 6 and 7 seat layouts
- It will get a 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine option
- It will rival Hector Plus, the XUV500 and the Tata Safari
2021 Hyundai Alcazar: What we know so far?
In essence, the new Alcazar is a six/ seven seat derivative of the Creta mid-size SUV, as both models share the same platform. However, the Alcazar has been updated to sport a longer wheelbase – 2,760mm (150mm more than the Creta) in order to accommodate the extra row of seats.
The production-spec Alcazar has already been revealed by Hyundai in early April. The new three-row SUV shares a number of key design elements with the Creta, along with some body panels. Though, Hyundai has also made various styling changes which distinguish the Alcazar from the Creta. These include a tweaked grille, an updated front bumper, a prominent rear quarter glass, new wraparound taillights,a slightly more upright tailgate, faux dual exhaust tips and a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels (compared to the Creta’s 17-inchers).
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2021 Hyundai Alcazar: features and equipment
In terms of features, the Alcazar is expected to get all the features available on the Creta, such as the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Hyundai’s connected car tech, a 360-degree camera, a panoramic sunroof, ISOFIX seats mounts, wireless phone charging, automatic climate control and much more.
Additionally, the Alcazar will get an added row of seats, with either a 6-seat (with captain’s seats in the second row) or 7-seat (with bench seating in the second row) configuration.
2021 Hyundai Alcazar: engine and powertrain options
Powering the Alcazar will be either a petrol or a diesel engine. The petrol engine is an updated and more powerful version of the Elantra and Tucson’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit making 159hp and 192Nm. The diesel engine will be the same 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit from the Creta that produces 115hp and 250Nm, though it has been tuned differently. Both engines will come with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
2021 Hyundai Alcazar: rivals
In India, the Hyundai Alcazar will compete with the likes of the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari and the Mahindra XUV500. The segment is set to get more competitive later this year, once the new Mahindra XUV700 is launched in our market.
Hyundai is not the only carmaker that has decided to push back its launch, as the Skoda Octavia launch has also been postponed due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
Hyundai Alcazar aimed at existing Creta owners
The Korean brand is drip-feeding more details about its upcoming three-row SUV. Speaking to Autocar India, Tarun Garg, director – sales, marketing and service, Hyundai Motor India, revealed details on the Alcazar’s target buyer.
- Hyundai Alcazar aimed at existing Creta owners
- To target those who travel with their family
- Alcazar also meant to appeal to chauffeur-driven and lifestyle buyers
Hyundai Alcazar considered an upgrade from a Creta
Hyundai has been successful is selling over 6 lakh Cretas in India since its launch and many of these customers are looking for an upgrade. The Hyundai customer feels that they have now reached a notch higher in their life and they want to travel in luxury, they want to have premium-ness in their car, and they want a little more versatility. This is as per the latest research done by the company.
Hyundai Alcazar for the family
The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced buyers to spend more time with their families. As per the senior officials of the company - “What has happened with this pandemic is – and this is a good thing – all of us have realised the importance of families. And we want to spend maximum time with them. The Alcazar, or any 7-seater SUV, gives us that opportunity to not only spend time on a vacation with your family, but also travel together.”
Hyundai Alcazar versatility to draw buyers
Other buyers that Hyundai hopes to draw to the Alcazar are those who actively pursue outdoor activities and those who are chauffeur-driven. Thanks to the arrangement and flexibility of the second and third row of seats, the Alcazar can be loaded with enough luggage to take a long road trip or with equipment for a shorter camping trip.