Hyundai will facelift the Creta by the end of 2018 in India. The Creta is the best selling SUV in its segment, beating the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Maruti S-Cross. The SUV was first launched in India during 2015. So a mid life facelift in 2018 is a part of Hyundai’s product planning for the vehicle. The company has not yet started testing the Creta facelift in India. So at this point of time, we can only speculate about the changes.
We may get changes similar to the ones found on the Brazilian version of the Creta Sport. It gets a revamped front grille, a new bumper, cladding all around a new rear bumper. The vehicle looks very fresh after the facelift. It also looks more imposing than before. All these changes will be welcomed by buyers in India as they make the Creta look more SUV-like than ever before. Full marks to Hyundai for this.
Hyundai may add a few additional features to the interiors. Engines and gearboxes may be unchanged as the Creta covers almost every buyer segment. It currently has 4 engines – 2 in petrol and 2 in diesel. The smaller 1.4 liter petrol and diesel engines are for budget conscious buyers. The larger 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engines are for those who want more power, and also more convenience.
This is because the larger engines are not just offered with manual gearboxes but also with automatic gearboxes. One feature that we would like Hyundai to add to the Creta is four wheel drive. The China-spec Creta – called the iX25 there – has this feature but for India, due to cost concerns, Hyundai has omitted it. But it is unlikely that the company will add this feature to the facelifted model as the Creta will then become more expensive than the Mahindra XUV500. Over to the launch now.