The Hyundai Creta captured a major part of the compact SUV segment instantly after launching in India. The facelift of the Creta was unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil and the car will come to India next year. Here is what the car looks like.
What are the changes?
The current version of the Creta is a good looker. Nonetheless the upcoming car gets a number of style updates. The bold and aggressive shoulder lines and stance of the car have been retained. The frontal grille is now hexagonal, similar to the other new Hyundai cars. The grille gets chrome borders but the fins remain black in colour.
While that increases the macho appeal but we are not so sure if Hyundai will keep the chrome away from the Indian market. The front bumper has also been restyled and receives new horizontal housings for fog lamps. The headlamp unit remains the same as well as the hood of the SUV. The new Creta now looks bit calmer than the current one.
From the side, the Creta remains unchanged except the new wheels. On the rear, the new SUV receives new set of tail lamps. The rear bumper has been designed as well and receives a big faux skid plate to lift the SUV DNA of the vehicle.
Hyundai has always been very generous with the feature list and this trait will continue with the new Creta will be the same. To start with, there is the brown/black dual tone interiors with matching leather seats. There will be additional features like cornering lights, stability control, hill-climb assist, tyre pressure monitoring and more, but we are not sure how many of the new features will make it to the Indian version of the car. The new Creta will also offer support to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Brazilian version of the facelift will get two engine options, a 2.0-litre D-CVVT and 1.6 litre D-CVVT motor. The 2.0-litre engine produces a maximum of 164 BHP while the 1.6-litre engine produces a maximum of 126 BHP. Both the engines get an option of manual and automatic gearboxes.
However, the India-spec model will continue to use the current engine line up. The SUV will be powered by 1.6-litre Gamma Dual VTVT petrol, 1.6 litre U2 CRDi VGT and a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi will do the job for the Indian version. The petrol 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine produces a maximum of 122 BHP at 6,400 rpm. It comes mated to 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission.
The 1.4-litre diesel engine churns out a maximum of 88 BHP of maximum power at 4,000 rpm. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission only. The 1.6-litre diesel engine produces a maximum of 125 BHP at 4,000 rpm and comes with options of both petrol and diesel transmissions.
Creta in India
The current car came to the Indian market in July last year. Since ten the Creta has been constantly posting good sales figures. The car is currently doing around 8,000 units per month. Hyundai is also planning to launch the next-generation of the Creta with an option of 7 seats.
The car has completed just over a year in the Indian market and the facelift next year will keep the car fresh in the market, pushing the sales forward. Hyundai is also planning to launch new SUVs in the Indian market over next few years to get a better hold on market share.
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