The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has been hollowing out profit margins earned by automakers since late last year. India’s second-largest auto marque, Hyundai, was doing pretty well up until the second half of April. This was when several parts of the country entered lockdowns to keep the spread of the virus at bay. In the meantime, Hyundai was preparing to debut the all-new Alcazar SUV sometime late last month. However, the launch was then pushed to late May because of the aforementioned second wave. Now, it seems like Hyundai might have yet again delayed Alcazar’s launch as cases continue to rise each day.
All that said, no one’s heard a peep from Hyundai when it comes to the actual launch date of the Alcazar. This could mean that the automaker might drop the curtain on the all-new SUV at the end of this month. However, with states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu battling rising Covid-19 and Black fungus cases, Hyundai is likely to push the Alcazar’s launch in India to June 2021. The new Hyundai Alcazar will be the brand’s latest SUV in India and will sit one level above the Creta. While it is based on the same platform as the Creta, one of the main differences between the two SUVs will be the Alcazar’s three-row configuration.
One of the other factors that set the Creta and Alcazar apart boils down to the differences in their wheelbases. For the Alcazar, Hyundai has elongated the distance between the front and rear wheels by adding 150mm to the Creta’s wheelbase. This means that the Alcazar boasts a wheelbase of 2,760mm, compared to the Creta’s 2,610mm. While the added length certainly makes the Hyundai Alcazar look bigger on the outside, the main aim here was to squeeze in a third row. And to help you get into the cabin easier, the automaker has plonked on larger running boards than what you find in the Creta.
Once you are inside the new Alcazar, you will notice that it has a lot of similarities with the Creta. Much of what you see at the front has been taken right from the Creta so that you can expect good build quality and a feature-rich cabin. Meanwhile, the Alcazar can be had with either a standard three-person bench or individual captain seats for the middle row. As for the third row (which is why you’d pick the Alcazar over the Creta), it is primarily meant for a couple of children or two not-too-large adults. In terms of its features, this upcoming Hyundai SUV should get a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable & ventilated front seats, a wireless phone charger, a premium Bose audio rig, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
Under the hood, the new Alcaraz is likely to get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 113hp and 250Nm. Hyundai will also offer customers a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol motor that is capable of producing 157hp and 191Nm. Irrespective of which Alcazar you pick, all variants can be equipped with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. While there sure are many folks who are possibly waiting for this new Hyundai SUV to be launched, that might be a while. If the number of positive cases keeps blowing up the way they are right now, Hyundai might delay the launch even more.