In recent weeks, India has emerged as the worst-hit country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second wave of the pandemic is claiming a lot of lives and to stop the spread of the deadly virus, authorities have imposed local lockdowns across the country. Manufacturers who planned their car launches in the Indian market during this period have now delayed the launches and are waiting for a more stable time. Here are eight vehicles that got affected due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
Skoda was the first manufacturer to officially announce that they will delay the launch of the all-new, fourth-generation Octavia in India. The car was expected to be launched by the end of this month. However, due to the pandemic, the launch has been delayed to the end of May 2021. The all-new Octavia gets an updated exterior and a completely new cabin. It also gets a more powerful turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 190 PS. Skoda will offer the car only with a 7-speed DSG in the Indian market.
Hyundai officially unveiled the all-new Alcazar in the Indian market earlier this month. The all-new Alcazar is a seven-seater SUV that will take on vehicles like Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus and the Tata Safari in the Indian market. The Alcazar gets a 150mm longer wheelbase than the Creta. It will be available with a 2.0-litre Nu petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both the engine options will get a choice of automatic and manual transmission options.
Mercedes-Benz has delayed the launch of the second-generation GLA. It was set to launch in May 2021 but the car will be launched at a later date, which is yet to be revealed by the brand. The new updated GLA will come with a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 163 PS. There will be a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine available as well. Mercedes-Benz GLA will also be available with a performance engine. The AMG GLA 36 4MATIC will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine generating maximum power of 306 PS of maximum power.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the updated Swift with a more powerful engine. The brand planned to launch the Celerio in the Indian market next month. However, the launch of the second-generation Celerio has now been pushed to a later date. Not many details are available on the car but it is likely to be based on the HEARTECT architecture with a more powerful 1.2-litre engine option.
Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
Isuzu planning to re-introduce the V-Cross in the Indian market after it was discontinued in the Indian market last year. Isuzu will not launch the new facelifted version of the vehicle in the Indian market. Isuzu was expected to launch the vehicle in May but the new launch date is not known.
Isuzu will also launch the updated MUX in the Indian market. The MUX will also get an updated BS6 engine option. It will get powered by a 1.9-litre diesel engine and will get both manual and automatic options.
Audi will launch its first all-electric vehicle in the Indian market. Named as the e-Tron, the electric SUV will take on the likes of Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC. The all-new car will now be launched later in June. It gets two electric motors generating 408 PS. It gets a battery capacity of 95 kWh. The car can do 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds.