A subcompact crossover that's available with 2nd-row sunshades
When it comes to crossovers, Hyundai has plenty to offer. The newest model in its lineup of people movers is the three-row Alcazar. Launched last April, it's the latest model to join Hyundai's subcompact crossover lineup, along with the Venue, Creta, and Kona. At the time of its launch, the automaker only showed us what the model looks like together with its powertrain and interior seating configuration. But now, more details have been released.
Unfortunately, the exact dimensions of the Alcazar aren't available yet. However, the automaker revealed its 2,760mm wheelbase, making it the longest out of the three. More importantly, it's the only one that can seat up to seven people.
In India, the Alcazar is available with either 6- or 7-seats. Unlike most crossovers, the 6-seater variant doesn't come with captain seats in the second row. Instead, there's a center console with an armrest and cup holders in between the seats.
The cabin itself looks very premium, especially for a crossover of its size. For starters, it has leather – from the seats to the sidings. In front of the driver sits a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Front and center is a sizable touchscreen infotainment system paired with a Bose sound system. Occupants can also choose between 64 colors of ambient lighting.
The luxurious features don't end at the front. Second-row passengers have individual tables that are hidden behind the front-row seats. They even have window sunshades. It's bot every day you see rear window sunshades on a crossover of this size. Heck, there's even a voice-enabled smart panoramic sunroof for those too lazy to operate the button.
On to the engines, and there are two available in India. The first is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill good for 159 PS and 191 Nm torque, while the other is a turbocharged 1.5-liter diesel unit with 115 PS and 250 Nm torque. Both engines are available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Drivers can choose between three drive modes, and there are three traction control modes (snow, sand, mud).
Considering all Alcazar has the offer, it seems like a strong contender for the subcompact market. It's available with a diesel, it has three rows, and features you'd find on luxury models. Hopefully, we'll see it in the Philippines in the future.