COVID 2.0 Effect: Car Brands Postponing Launch Dates of Much-Awaited Models

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Due to surge in Covid-19 cases and lockdown in most of the country, car manufacturers are forced to postpone the launches of their upcoming car models. 

CAR LAUNCHES POSTPONED

India is fighting against the second wave of Covid-19 and the alarming increase in the number of cases across the country has forced the automobile manufacturers to postpone the launches of their upcoming car models.

Brands like Hyundai did earlier came up with virtual launches last year during the lockdown and continued the momentum of car introductions. But, the Covid 2.0 effect seems to be way more destructive than the previous wave. The brands too know what the public sentiments are during this course of pandemic, hence postponing the joyous car launches seems to be a right call.

The car brands who have postponed the car launches include:

The car models that were supposed to launch recently but have seen a rescheduling in launch date include:

  • Skoda Octavia
  • Hyundai Alcazar
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Isuzu V-Cross
  • Isuzu MUX
  • Maruti Celerio
  • Audi e-Tron

Let’s know about the change in launch schedule of these upcoming cars.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia was supposed to launch in the last week of April but the recent confirmations from car maker Skoda reveal that the company has planned to launch this new Octavia sometime around last week of May, considering the ongoing pandemic. Now, the enthusiasts will have to wait for at least a month for the launch of the new Skoda Octavia that gets all-new interior and exterior, and sources 190hp of power from the 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Hyundai Alcazar

The launch of the extended 7-seater avatar of Hyundai Creta, the Hyundai Alcazar has also been postponed from 29th April, 2021 to May end. This new Creta has recently been seen undergoing various tests. It has 150mm longer wheelbase as compared to its five-seater counterpart and is made available in 6 and 7 seater configurations. Both petrol and diesel powertrain choices will be offered with the Alcazar alongside the AT and MT gearbox choices.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Another car whose launch was supposed to happen in early May but has been postponed for now. The rescheduled launch date of Mercedes-Benz GLA is likely to be around mid May. This new GLA will be offered in a 2.0-litre, 190hp turbo-diesel engine having 2WD and 4WD capabilities alongside the 1.3-litre 163hp turbo-petrol engine. This car will be an entry-level offering for the lovers of “three-pointed star” cars. In addition to these two engines, a performance spec trim will also be positioned in the lineup that will come powered by a 2.0-litre 306hp turbo-petrol engine.

Isuzu V-Cross & MUX

Both, Isuzu V-Cross and MUX were discontinued by the car maker due to commencement of BS6 emission norms and now the revamped avatars of both of these utility vehicles are ready for the launch. However, these cars that were supposed to launch in April end will be introduced at a later date, to be announced by the car maker. Both, MUX and V-Cross now get a BS6 compliant 1.9-litre, four cylinder turbo-diesel engine and will be offered in both automatic and manual transmission choices.

Maruti Celerio

May 2021 was supposed to be the launch month of the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio but the pandemic has also been merciless on this car too. It is likely that the new Maruti Celerio may hit the markets in mid 2021. The new generation Celerio will be inspired from Maruti Suzuki’s current design language and will see impressive changes, both outside as well as inside. It is anticipated to get 1.0-litre, 68hp 3-pot petrol engine under the hood, alongside a more powerful 1.2-litre 83hp, four-cylinder petrol engine.

Audi e-Tron

Pandemic has also affected the launch date of Audi e-Tron, the brand’s first absolute electric model in India. The car was expected to launch in May this year but now the launch has been pushed further to June 2021. Although, the launch date is not yet fixed and may change depending on the Covid situation in May. This new e-Tron electric car will get 95kWh battery that will pump power to the two electric motors. Its peak power is expected to be 408hp, mammoth! And the car is likely to take a sprint of 0-100kmph in 5.7 seconds. Additionally, the car will also have certified drive range of 440kms.

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