The Hyundai Creta facelift presents customers with a choice of two petrol and one diesel engine options. However, when it comes to the Hyundai Alcazar facelift, it offers one petrol and one diesel engine option.
The Alcazar has consistently performed well in the mid-size SUV segment in India. Built on the foundation of the Creta compact SUV, the Alcazar distinguishes itself with its third-row seating and a more commanding road presence. Given that the Creta is receiving a facelift, it’s only logical to expect Hyundai to update the Alcazar, its seven-seater counterpart, simultaneously. Recently, test mules of the Alcazar facelift have been sighted for the first time.
Hyundai Alcazar Facelift Spotted Testing – Or is it Creta facelift?
The Hyundai Alcazar recently received an update, which included a refreshed front fascia and the replacement of the 2.0L NA petrol engine with a 1.5L turbo petrol engine. However, the upcoming Alcazar is set to undergo a more comprehensive facelift to align it with the upcoming Creta facelift. Speaking of the Creta facelift, there’s a strong possibility that this test mule might actually be for the Creta facelift rather than the Alcazar facelift.
Testing for the Creta facelift has commenced in both South Korea and India, and it features a radically new front fascia that departs from the previously rumored Tuscon-inspired design for the India-spec Creta facelift. The new design aligns more with the Palisade, Hyundai’s current flagship SUV.
These design elements are likely to carry over to the Alcazar facelift as well. The headlights are vertically arranged and integrated into the bumpers, while the DRLs are positioned above them. The DRLs have a distinctive design, and there are cube-shaped lights next to them that could house turn indicators.
Hyundai Alcazar facelift spotted testing for the first time
It will get substantial styling updates like the Creta
New grille, new headlights, new bumpers, new tail lights, new alloy wheels, updated interior, more features, etc.
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There might also be vertically arranged fog lights, similar to what’s seen on the Seltos facelift. The Alcazar is expected to have significant changes starting from the C-pillar onwards. This is where we can anticipate Alcazar-specific updates, including new tail lights and revised rear three-quarter panels. Additionally, new 18-inch wheels specific to the Alcazar are highly likely to be introduced.
What does it pack?
Hyundai has taken the effort to camouflage the profile of these vehicles, suggesting there might be some minor revisions in that area. It’s possible that new sheet metal for the door panels could be introduced. In terms of features, both the Alcazar and Creta facelifts are expected to come with front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, and an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite, aligning with the trend of including ADAS technology in mid-size SUVs.
Regarding the interior, we might see changes in materials and color combinations, as well as potential updates to the dashboard design and general interior layout. The Alcazar currently offers a choice between a 1.5L turbo petrol engine producing 160 PS of power and 253 Nm of torque, and a 1.5L turbo diesel engine with 115 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque.
In contrast, the Creta offers an additional 1.5L NA petrol engine option with 115 PS of power and 144 Nm of torque for its base models. The overall design of the Creta and Alcazar facelifts differs slightly from the Exter-inspired design of the new Santa Fe. It’s highly likely that Hyundai India will introduce the Creta and Alcazar facelifts in early 2024.