If you are as significantly of a Tintin fan as I am, you will know of Common Alcazar, the knife-throwing military dictator who hits his target with impressive precision. The Hyundai Alcazar way too has been specifically aimed concerning the Creta and Tucson, to plug a massive hole that existed in Hyundai’s SUV line-up. No, the Alcazar hasn’t been named after the Tintin character, but after the royal and resplendent Moorish Castles in Spain, which the business claims has been the inspiration for its all-new SUV. That it’s possible marketing and advertising waffle for which some agency should have been compensated tens of millions, but the corny identify aside, the Alcazar, now globally unveiled, details at the seriousness with which Hyundai is focusing on the SUV room. The car or truck I drove was a camouflaged prototype, not totally to production-spec but it gave me a flavor of what to count on.

Hyundai Alcazar: exteriors

Hyundai has thoroughly re-engineered and stretched the Creta’s platform on which the Alcazar is based, to essentially slip in an added row of seats. This meant stretching the wheelbase to 2,760mm, the longest in its course and a enormous 150mm much more than the Creta, to unlock sufficient room to provide comfortable 6- and 7-seat configurations. But just before we dive into the cabin, it’s really worth highlighting the raft of exterior style and design improvements that have specified the Alcazar a distinct identity of its individual. The Alcazar’s chrome-studded grille appears a great deal much more top quality than the Creta’s and whilst the headlight cluster is the identical, redesigned fog lamps with chrome surrounds, a slimmer entrance scuff plate distinguishes it from its lesser sibling. The massive alter, of system, is on the aspect, which will get an added-prolonged part and a individual quarter glass, which considerably enhance the rear overhang. Upsizing to eighteen-inch wheels (from the Creta’s seventeen-inchers) has made a earth of a big difference. Not only do the more substantial wheels give the Alcazar a properly planted stance but they enable in watering down the cumbersome outcome of that enormous overhang. The thick, double character traces on the rear fender and the blacked-out D-pillar give some relief as perfectly and properly balance the tail part. 

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Bigger eighteen-inch wheels above the Creta’s seventeen-inchers, seem wonderful.

The built-in footstep appears neat way too but don’t truly serve any useful objective, as the Alcazar is rather minimal and the extensive rear door will make obtaining in and out really effortless.

The horizontal rear tail-lights, joined with a metallic strip and beefy scuff plate, are once again exclusive to the Alcazar, but bits like the bonnet, entrance doorways, rear-perspective mirrors are widespread with the Creta. Overall, the Alcazar appears significantly much more developed up than the Creta but nonetheless doesn’t have the identical road existence as the broader and general extended Safari or the Hector In addition, for that issue.

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The rear of the Alcazar appears exclusive when in comparison to the Creta.

Hyundai Alcazar: interiors

And width isn’t a little something the Alcazar has in abundance. However considerably extended than the Creta, it’s just as extensive (or narrow) as the car or truck it’s derived from, and that provides it a little bit of a disadvantage in opposition to other 3-row SUV rivals. But Hyundai designers have used each millimetre of inside room to make the cabin as comfortable as achievable. Every row of seats, has a range of changes that allow for passengers to juggle room concerning all 3 rows and discover a happy compromise. The entrance buckets are comfortable sufficient but it’s the way the center row has been created that is definitely extraordinary. The 7-seater model with a 60:40 split bench will get superior underneath-thigh guidance, adjustable again rests, and if there’s no a person in the 3rd row, it can be slid again for much more knee space, which is otherwise compromised by the flip up tray tables. Sitting down 3 abreast is a little bit of a squeeze and accentuates the narrow width of the cabin. So, if you don’t need the added seat, it’s much better to go for the 6-seater variant with captain’s seats, which are even much more comfortable and occur with exclusive floor-mounted central armrest with cupholders and added storage room.

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Some bits, like the wing mirrors and entrance doorways, have been carried above from the Creta.

The a person-contact tumble operation, which flips and folds the center seats for effortless entry to the 3rd row, is truly slick. However, wiggling into the rearmost seats does take some hard work and it is ideal for children, although it can used by grown ups at a pinch. You sit minimal down but not absolutely on the floor, and if you slide the center row forward for much more knee space and recline the again relaxation, brief excursions are tolerable. A set of committed air con vents to continue to keep you cool and a feeling of airiness from the big rear quarter glass make the 3rd row a lot easier to endure way too. You also get a pair of USB ports.

Boot room, with all with all 3 rows in location, is rather extraordinary. A largish bag, alongside with a couple lesser soft kinds, can be squeezed at the rear of the 3rd row, and an underneath floor compartment provides you some supplemental storage. Flip the last row down and boot room will increase considerably to swallow a mountain of baggage.

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Entrance parking sensors and 360-diploma digital camera predicted on the Alcazar.

Hyundai hasn’t shared the Alcazar’s last products record, and with the dashboard also camouflaged, it was difficult to tell what the Alcazar will occur with. It is risk-free to say, having said that, that the Creta’s ten.25-inch touchscreen infotainment procedure with Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay, alongside with Hyundai’s linked car or truck tech with wi-fi charging and a 360 diploma digital camera, will be carried above. The Alcazar will also get a couple much more goodies than the Creta, like a more substantial digital instrument panel with various modes and configurable ambient lights. What we do know for confident is that the Alcazar will get the Creta’s panoramic sunroof and rear disc brakes, which are common across all variants.

Hyundai Alcazar: driving impressions 

The Alcazar will get two engine selections –the tried using and examined 115hp,one.5-litre diesel from the Creta, which has been recalibrated for the more substantial and heavier 7-seater, and a petrol, which isn’t the identical 140hp one.four-litre TGDI unit but a more substantial and much more potent 159hp 2.-litre normally aspirated motor, in preserving with the Alcazar’s greater positioning and price tag issue. This petrol is essentially the identical 2.-litre ‘Nu’ engine uncovered underneath the hood of the Tucson and Elantra, but the Alcazar will get the latest, 3rd-generation model, which is much more successful, refined and will get a slight bump up in energy (by 7hp). Each, the diesel and petrol Alcazar occur with 6-velocity manual and 6-velocity torque converter automatic gearbox selections. There’s no DCT obtainable.

For our temporary test travel, we were made available only the petrol variant with the 6-velocity manual. To start with impressions threading as a result of the labyrinth of narrow lanes exterior Fort Alila in Bishangarh is of a sleek but somewhat heavy clutch and a wonderful and accurate brief-throw gearbox. On the initial open extend I obtained, I learned an engine that is sleek and incredibly flexible. It pulls cleanly from one,000rpm to virtually 7,000rpm in a person seamless, solid surge. Like most prolonged-stroke engines, it’s not incredibly cost-free-revving but has a extensive and incredibly useable energy band and enough torque to compensate for the tall gearing (it does practically 60kph in initial equipment). You do miss the mid-range punch and the joy of using a wave of torque you only get in a turbo-petrol and, in contrast, the linear energy supply of the Alcazar’s 2.-litre engine masks its velocity. But be in no question, inspite of staying close to 150kg heavier than the one.four TGDI Creta, the Alcazar is a lot quicker and, in truth, when we at last get to strap our VBOX on it, it could be the speediest accelerating SUV in its course.

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159hp, 2.-litre petrol engine delivers brisk performance.

Tuned much more towards consolation than sporty dealing with, the Alcazar has a soft ride and bumps are properly rounded off. The prolonged wheelbase and rigid human body (made from 75 per cent superior-toughness metal) provides you a great deal of self-confidence at superior velocity. There’s a honest little bit of human body roll as a result of corners and although the dealing with isn’t sharp or agile, the mature dynamics make this car or truck effortless to regulate. While the ride consolation in the initial and second row is exceptionally superior, the identical simply cannot be stated about the 3rd row. The concern is that the rear most seat passengers are sitting down on the rear axle line and can come to feel the bumps a honest little bit much more.

Hyundai Alcazar: initial verdict

As pure 7-seater the Alcazar is effective perfectly if you restrict the 3rd row to smaller little ones, but it will make a much better circumstance for itself as a roomy and comfortable four-or 5-seater. The Alcazar’s center row is notably comfortable, particularly the variant with the captain’s seats, which is very likely to account for the bulk of Alcazar sales. Expected in showrooms at the conclusion of April, the Alcazar is very likely to be priced a notch underneath the Tata Safari and Hector In addition, or close to Rs one.5 lakh much more than the Creta. That is a sweet place in the marketplace that Hyundai hopes to get. 

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