Hyundai introduces new base variant of Alcazar priced at ₹15.89 lakh
Hyundai Motor has launched a new variant of the three-row Alcazar SUV in India. The Alcazar Prestige XE variant is now the new base variant of the seven-seater SUV from the Korean carmaker. The Alcazar Prestige XE is available at a price of ₹15.89 lakh (ex-showroom). It is around ₹40,000 more affordable than the previous entry-level variant of the Alcazar. The new base variant is offered with the 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to the 6-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai had launched the Alcazar SUV back in June last year at a starting price of ₹16.30 lakh (ex-showroom). Offered in three trims called Prestige, Platinum and Signature, the Alcazar SUV is now offered in 20 variants. The new Prestige XE variant now sits under the Platinum 7-seater petrol manual variant priced at ₹18.39 lakh (e-showroom). The previous entry-level Prestige 7-seater petrol manual variant, which was priced between ₹16.30 lakh and ₹16.69 lakh (ex-showroom), has been discontinued.
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Key changes in the new variant of the Alcazar is a smaller infotainment screen, which has been reduced from the 10.25-inch unit to an 8-inch unit. The variant also does not get features like auto-dimming ORVMs and burglar alarm.
Hyundai offers the Alcazar three-row SUV in India with the choice of two engines. These include the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor which is capable of churning out maximum output of 157 bhp and peak torque of 191 Nm. There is also a smaller 1.5-litre diesel engine on offer on Alcazar which can generate peak output of 113 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engines come mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Hyundai Alcazar SUV rivals the likes of Kia Carens, Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus among other three-row seven or six-seater vehicles in India. The SUV is based on Hyundai's best-selling SUV Creta as the carmaker aimed to emulate the success of the five-seater SUV in India.