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Car India|July 2021
The Alcazar has plenty to offer but does it justify the premium pricing? We give it the Maximum City test to find out
Sarmad Kadiri

Practically all major players have been trying to crack the three-row SUV space for a while now and that’s why Hyundai have decided to pack their offering with tonnes of features even in the base variants. Going with the trend, Hyundai launched the alcazar in six-seat (with captain’s seats in the second row) and seven-seat (with middle-row bench seats) versions, with the option of petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and automatic gearboxes.

Engine options include a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that puts out 159 hp and 191 Nm. there’s also a 115-hp and 250-Nm, 1.5-litre option for those who prefer diesel. Both of these solely power the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. the alcazar is being offered in three variants, prestige, platinum, and signature, and the automatic version comes with a few extra pieces of equipment. the alcazar is priced from Rs 16.30 lakh to Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom) which might seem to be on the heavier side, but is it justified?

The alcazar might be based on the Creta but it manages to look distinct. starting with the larger cascading grille with chunky chrome elements and a silver accent running from one headlamp to the other. the low-set headlamp design from the creta has been carried forward and it comes with trio-beam headlamps and LED DRLS. While the turn signal and fog lamps are right at the bottom of the new bumper which also boasts of silver skid plates. the alcazar has also grown in size and, compared to the Creta, is longer by 200 millimeters (4,500 mm), taller by 40 mm (1,675 mm), and even its wheelbase has increased by 150 mm (2,760 mm), making it the longest in the segment. in fact, they’ve improved the ground clearance by 10 mm, so even with a full load of six or seven people it can keep the belly from scraping over high speed-breakers.

The side profile is very different mainly due to the straighter roofline, integrated roof-rails, raked c-pillar with the third-row glass window, extended rear fender, and 18-inch diamond-cut wheels (platinum trim and above) that are a size larger than Creta's. higher variants also get a side footboard, which gives it a more rugged stance. at the rear, there’s a new tailgate and spoiler and different tail-lamps with honeycomb-inspired texturing. a thick chrome strip carries the “alcaZar” nomenclature stamped on it, while the rear skid plates and trendy twin-tip exhaust complete the sporty stance. the alcazar is readily distinguishable from its five-seater sibling and some even see a glimpse of the grand Hyundai Palisade, especially in the new face.

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