Hyundai Motor Company has trademarked the name 'Alcazar'
Hyundai recently trademarked the name Alcazar and it is believed to be the 7-seater Creta that would bear this name.
Hyundai is keen to expand the Creta family and the 7-seater version is the best bet. The Creta has been and is also the most successful brand under the Hyundai range with sales of the new one taking off despite the current market situation.
When is the 7-seater Creta coming?
We have seen test mules and currently the car might be going final stages before being put in production. We expect the 7-seater Creta to be launched next year with the new Creta being launched this year as Hyundai currently has its own hands full with the new i20 due in a few months also.
What would be name for the Creta 7-seater?
It remains to be seen whether Hyundai will keep the Creta brand for the 7-seater and add in the Alcazar name or remove the Creta name to give individual identity. The 7-seater Creta might sport subtle styling changes like updated headlamps/tail-lamps while the rear and side will see the most of the changes too.
In terms of the engine options there would be the same however some trims or even the sportier turbo petrol could be kept for the Creta. So expect the Alcazar to have the 1.5l petrol and diesel engines from the Creta with CVT and torque converter AT.
How spacious would be the 7-seater Creta?
The Creta 7-seater would be longer and be more spacious with having a longer wheelbase. We expect the third row to have decent space as that is crucial. Access to third row should also be easy and practicality should be more important over the current Creta.
What about pricing?
We expect the 7-seater to be more expensive over the Creta with around Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh price difference. Hyundai will also give more luxury features for the second row plus more comfort features to justify the pricing. However it would have less variants and a higher starting price compared to the Creta 5-seater to keep both cars separate. The Alcazar would be the new flagship SUV (until the Tucson comes) that Hyundai would be hoping a lot of sales would come plus a slot in between the Tucson and the Creta. The 7-seater Creta or Alcazar would compete with the MG Hector Plus, Tata Gravitas and more.
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