Whether you need it or not, having seven seats has become a selling point for many. Automakers quickly latched on to that notion, with more three-row vehicles rolling out these days. Hyundai isn't one to shy away from trends by rolling out a seven-seat mini crossover of their own.
It's called the Alcazar, and it was previewed a few weeks ago. The Korean automaker revealed the road-going version over the weekend, and it looks promising. It might even be the model Hyundai PH needs to climb up the sales charts.
The Alcazar is based on the Creta that also shares its platform with the Kia Seltos. Judging by its wheelbase, the new Hyundai crossover is longer than both the Creta and Seltos. Hyundai claims it is 150 mm longer than the model it is based on from wheel to wheel. There is no measure of its exact length yet, but we reckon it's close to the 4.4-meter mark.
In terms of design, the front end borrows heavily from the Creta. The Alcazar even has the same two-tier headlights as its five-seat counterpart. However, it gets a larger grille, along with more chrome and silver finishes as it is positioned (and likely, priced) higher up Hyundai's crossover range. As for the rest of its body, Hyundai didn't just take a Creta and add a longer rear end.
With its longer wheelbase, it has a longer pair of rear doors to aid ingress and egress for the third row. The rear quarter glass is also unique to this model, and the panel separating it from the rear doors is an interesting touch. The wheel design appears unique to this model, along with the integrated step boards below the sills. There are no photos of the rear yet, but it looks like Hyundai gave it a distinct design from the Creta. All in all, the production Alcazar seems faithful to the preview sketch, right down to the ground clearance.
At the moment, this is the only image available for the Alcazar's interior. Hyundai says it will have sliding second-row seats for versatility, and a bold claim of best-in-class legroom. Not only that, Hyundai is keeping the second-row captain chair option for higher-grade models, just like the one in the teaser sketches. With that, we're also expecting the cabin to be faithful to the initial drawings.
In terms of engines, Hyundai is giving the Alcazar two options. The first is a 2.0-liter gas engine with 159 PS and 191 Nm of torque. But it's the second option that caught our attention. The second engine is a 1.5-liter turbodiesel that's good for 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Both these engines can be fitted with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
All in all, this is a model Hyundai Philippines can consider for the country. Besides, who wouldn't want a subcompact seven-seat crossover with diesel power? That will make it a very tempting proposition.