Hyundai is India’s largest car exporter, beating Maruti Suzuki again

Hyundai Motor India holds its title as India’s top passenger vehicle (PV) exporter for the fiscal year 2021. The second-largest automobile manufacturer of India exported over 1.04 lakh vehicles between April 2020 to March 2021. Having said that, they did face a decline of 38.6 percent this year because they were able to export 1.69 lakh units in the fiscal year 2020.

At the second position, was Maruti Suzuki with total export units of 94,938 units. The third place was taken by Kia Motors who exported 46,064 units while in fourth place was Ford who exported 40,440 vehicles. At 32,390 units, Nissan stood in fifth place.

Hyundai Motor India is currently gearing up the launch for their upcoming 7-seater version of the Creta known as the Alcazar. The new SUV will be positioned higher than the Creta but lower than the Tucson. It will be going against the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari and the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700.

The underpinning of the Alcazar is shared with the Creta. However, Hyundai has reworked the engine tuning and the suspension setup. The front strut will come with a hydraulic rebound stopper. This should help in improving the rebound control and offer a better ride quality. Working on suspension was also important because the Alcazar will be using 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels as compared to 17-inches found on the Creta.

Hyundai has also increased the length and the wheelbase of the Alcazar when compared to the Creta. The Alcazar is expected to longer by 30 mm than the Creta and the wheelbase will be 150 mm longer. The Alcazar has the longest wheelbase in the segment. To be precise, it is 19 mm longer than the Tata Safari and 10 mm longer than the MG Hector Plus. This should help in liberating more cabin space and legroom for the rear occupants. This will also help in opening up space for the third-row seats.

Because of the added length, the Alcazar also comes with the segment largest boot. It is rated at 180-litres with all the three-rows in place. When compared, the Safari offers only 73-litres of boot space and the Hector Plus offers 155-litres of boot space with all the three-rows up.

Powering the Alcazar will be the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine borrowed from the Tucson SUV and the Elantra premium sedan. The engine produces 157 bhp of max power and 192 Nm of peak torque. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces max power of 113 bhp and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Hyundai will be offering the Alcazar in 6 or 7 seater versions. The 7-seater version will get a conventional bench seat whereas the 6-seater version will get captain chairs. What is unique about Alcazar’s second row is the centre console that is first in the segment and is only offered in a 6-seater layout. The cabin layout will be similar to the Creta. However, the theme of the cabin has been changed to black and brown for a more premium feel. The Alcazar is expected to go on sale sometime in June 2021.