A casual observer would mistake Alcazar for merely a Cretan with a longer vocabulary. The truth is that it is precisely that. It doesn’t have the same kind of massive power as competing products in this space. Although Alcazar has a high-end reputation, it falls short on luxury touches like soft-touch plastics inside. It stands to reason that if Tata can provide relatively pliable plastics on the Vista in 2008, then we can assume that vehicles costing four times as much will also provide such features.

The updated 2023 Hyundai Alcazar was seen during road testing in South Korea without any disguises. If you only took a quick look, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this isn’t the same Alcazar that’s on sale right now. Slight adjustments had been made to its façade, though, and the spy photos didn’t show the inside.

Aside from moving the licence plate from the tailgate to the bumper, the exterior is identical. However, the number plate illumination lights are still hidden by a chrome strip bearing the Alcazar logo, thus this design may not make it into production.

A 2.0-liter MPi engine with 158 horsepower and 191 Newton-meters of torque and a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel unit with 113 horsepower and 250 Newton-meters of torque will carry over in the updated Hyundai Alcazar. There are also 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions available for the Alcazar. The refreshed Alcazar will likely debut sometime in 2019. In India, the Hyundai Creta will also be receiving a refresh in the near future.