Hyundai Alcazar Facelift Launch Delayed to Festive Season

The highly anticipated launch of the Hyundai Alcazar facelift, initially slated for mid-2024, has encountered a delay. Autocar India has learned that the launch, now expected around September-October 2024, has been pushed back by a few months.

The delay stems from strategic considerations by Hyundai. The Alcazar, while a competent SUV, has not achieved the sales figures of its sibling, the Creta. With average monthly sales hovering around 1,500 units, compared to the Creta’s impressive 10,000 units, dealers often redirected potential Alcazar customers towards the Creta due to its shorter waiting period. Consequently, inventory levels of the current Alcazar model are high. In a bid to clear existing stock, Hyundai has opted to postpone the facelifted Alcazar’s launch.

Anticipated Updates

The upcoming Alcazar facelift is expected to mirror the design updates seen in the refreshed Creta. This includes a revised front end featuring a split headlamp setup, a new grille, and bumper design. The rear is likely to showcase a redesigned tailgate with horizontal, wraparound-style connected tail-lamps.

Interior enhancements are also on the horizon, with the new Alcazar likely inheriting the updated dashboard layout from the Creta facelift. This could incorporate the connected-screen layout, offering a modern and intuitive interface. The SUV will continue to be available in both six- and seven-seat configurations.

A significant addition to the feature set is expected with the inclusion of the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) suite, following the footsteps of the updated Creta.

Powertrain Continuity

While the exterior and interior are slated for updates, there will be no changes to the powertrain lineup. The Alcazar facelift will retain the 160hp, 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine and the 116hp, 1.5-liter diesel engine, along with their respective manual and automatic gearbox options.

Market Competition and Pricing

Upon its eventual launch, the refreshed Alcazar will continue to compete against rivals such as the Tata Safari, Mahindra XUV700, and MG Hector Plus. With the anticipated upgrades, a marginal price increase is expected across the lineup, reflecting the added features and improvements.

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