Hyundai postpones launch of seven-seater Creta due to ‘coronavirus storm’

Hyundai postpones launch of seven-seater Creta due to ‘coronavirus storm’


Hyundai has postponed the start of Indian sales of the seven-seat Alcazar crossover based on the second generation Creta. This decision was made in connection with the difficult situation in the country amid the spread of coronavirus, reports Autocar India.

According to data as of April 25, the daily increase in those infected with COVID-19 breaks a record for the fourth day in a row – almost 350 thousand cases were detected in India in one day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country was rocked by a “coronavirus storm.” Because of this, the market launch of the Hyundai Alcazar, which was scheduled for April 29, has been postponed by at least one month – until the end of May.

Hyundai Alcazar debuted in early April. The crossover was developed on the basis of the standard Creta, but the key difference of the novelty was the wheelbase increased by 150 mm, the size of which increased to 2760 millimeters. Hyundai Alcazar will be offered in a standard seven-seater version, as well as with a cabin with six seats.

Available equipment will include a virtual dashboard, 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging and a panoramic roof.

The Hyundai Alcazar will be available with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine producing 159 hp. and 192 Nm of torque. In addition, the range includes a 1.5-liter 115-horsepower (250 Nm) diesel engine, which was specially reconfigured for a heavier car than the standard Creta. Both units are capable of working with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Prices for the new crossover will be announced closer to the start of sales. The possibility of the appearance of Hyundai Alcazar outside India has not yet been reported.

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