Can you have too many crossovers in the range? Hyundai doesn't think so. The South Korean automaker is even adding another one soon. They call it the Alcazar, and it's a three-row, compact crossover.
Hold on, isn't the Tucson Hyundai's compact crossover? Won't it overlap with that model? In some ways, it won't. It's because the Alcazar is essentially a stretched subcompact crossover aimed at emerging markets. That said, Hyundai says it's a global model, so there might be a possibility of it coming to Southeast Asia.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, what does the Alcazar have to offer? Let's take a look at the teaser photos from Hyundai for some clues.
Hyundai didn't just take a Creta and add a longer rear end. Judging by its design, it is unique to this model. It also appears that Hyundai stretched the wheelbase of Alcazar to give it a more balanced look. If this is a sketch of the production version, we could also expect high ground clearance.
Hyundai didn't mention the dimensions of the Alcazar. However, it seems like it will be larger than the Kona and slot in between the Creta and the Tucson. For reference, the Kona measures 4,165 mm, the Kona is at 4,270 mm, and the Tucson is 4,630 mm from bumper to bumper. That means there is a 360 mm gap for the Alcazar to fit between the Creta and the Tucson.
Aside from the exterior, Hyundai also showed a sketch of the interior. What caught our attention is the second-row. Instead of a bench, it comes with individual captain's chairs. It's something we usually see in luxury vans and SUVs. We can expect a standard bench in the production model, but it will be interesting if Hyundai keeps the individual chairs as an option.
Another noteworthy piece of design in the interior is the dashboard. It appears symmetrical with the instrument cluster housed in one rectangular panel. It seems that this was done to make the conversion from left-hand drive to right-hand drive more seamless. Also shown were the third-row seats, and it looks like a fold-down affair.
Powertrain options are a mystery for now, but it's likely to get it from the Creta and Venue. There's the non-turbocharged 1.6-liter, a more powerful 1.4-liter with a turbo, and a 1.5-liter turbodiesel. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and a CVT.
For more information, we will have to wait for its global premiere. The wait won't be that long as Hyundai debuts the Alcazar on April 6.