Hyundai ALCAZAR SUV's first impression: A bigger and refined Creta
Hyundai is all set to launch its much-awaited ALCAZAR SUV in India by the end of this month. We have driven the car in its prototype form to understand how it takes the game forward from the Creta - the company's best-selling SUV. The ALCAZAR has considerable changes inside-out, including a new petrol engine and an updated suspension. Here's our first impression.
The car has bigger wheels along with revised rear-styling
While we drove a camouflaged car, the changes over the Creta seemed visible to the eye with a considerably longer length and a wider stance. The ALCAZAR has a different roofline and a quarter glass while the front section flaunts a new grille design. It also gets sportier 18-inch alloy wheels. The rear side has new wrap-around taillamps along with a thick chrome band.
Second- and third-row seats have one-touch tumble operation
Inside, the ALCAZAR features a new dual-tone upholstery along with added features like wireless charging for the second row passengers (in the 6-seater variant) and dedicated armrests with cup holders. To accommodate the third-row seats, the wheelbase has been increased to 2,760mm. The second- and third-row seats also have a simple one-touch tumble operation for easy access along with a recline function.
ALCAZAR (petrol) feels refined and has enough power
The ALCAZAR will be offered with two engine options: a 2.0-liter petrol unit that makes 159hp/192Nm and a 1.5-liter diesel engine that produces 115hp/250Nm. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a torque converter automatic. We drove the petrol manual variant. It is pretty smooth and refined with enough power to handle the extra weight of the ALCAZAR.
The car has a pliant suspension
During our 10km drive, we encountered several bad patches and different road surfaces. However, the ALCAZAR suitably impressed us with its plaint ride quality and absorbent suspension. Despite the bigger wheels, the suspension transmits less road imperfections to the cabin while the steering is also well weighted and responsive. Overall, the handling is quite nimble and stable for a large SUV like this.
Should you consider the ALCAZAR over Creta?
Hyundai has done enough with the ALCAZAR to differentiate it from the Creta and the bigger 2.0-liter petrol engine is surely one of the highlights. The enhanced space and comfort levels, practical 6- or 7-seater cabin layout, as well as the updated suspension make it an attractive proposition. In India, the ALCAZAR is likely to start at around Rs. 13 lakh (ex-showroom).