According to Hyundai, Alcazar’s ‘superstructure’ is built using 75.6% Advanced and High-Strength Steel (AHSS & HSS) while the Creta uses 74.3%.
Alcazar, which translates into a castle in Spanish, is an extended form of Creta to accommodate the third row. Hyundai has however tinkered with the platform, allowing the longest wheelbase for Alcazar in the segment at 2,760 mm. This is in fact 150 mm greater than Creta.
The underbody, Hyundai says, has been designed to absorb and disperse impact energy. Ring structure design in Engine Room, B-pillar and D-pillar increase rigidity for enhanced handling and stability.
This has been achieved by the application of hot stamping parts for frontal crash energy flow and strengthened connectivity for side impact strength.
During the R&D of Alcazar, Hyundai has spent 3 lakh executive man-hours on perfecting the SUV. Hyundai claims Alcazar features floor area structural adhesive and use of foam in BIW to reduce structural booming that ensures a quiet and pleasant in-cabin experience. The Alcazar so features a hydraulic rebound stopper in the front strut for better rebound control.
Alcazar uses a 1.5-litre diesel (115 PS) both offered with 6AT and 6MT transmission options. The engine is also used in Verna and Creta is extremely frugal with a claimed mileage of over 20 kmpl.
Alcazar holds an edge over the rivals (Hector Plus, Tata Safari), thanks to the segment-largest petrol engine. Borrowed from the likes of Elantra and Tucson, the third generation of 2-litre Nu petrol engine churns out 159PS of power. Hyundai says the acceleration of 0 – 100 kmph in under 10 seconds for the petrol-MT variant, which at least 10% quicker than Creta.
Much like Creta, Alcazar features drive mode selection with different steering effort mapping for Eco, City and Sport modes.
Hyundai Alcazar is tested on 15 drive tracks for various road driving conditions and manufactured using 89 % Green Energy.
Initially slated for launch in April, Hyundai will finally reveal the prices of Alcazar in June. Alcazar on launch is expected to fetch a price tag between Rs 12.5 lakh and 20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India, said, “With a deep-rooted understanding of our customer’s aspirations, our R&D Centre has invested countless man-hours to ensure every aspect of Hyundai Alcazar exudes magnificence. And combined with our premium and superior manufacturing capabilities and rich heritage of ‘Make in India’, we have crafted the perfect masterpiece of grandeur.”
“Hyundai Alcazar is well set to enter a new segment, marking Hyundai’s genesis into uncharted territories. With bold new moves, we are on a conquest of redefining benchmarks to exceed the aspirations of our customers” Kim added.