Hyundai showcased the ix25 (Creta’s Chinese version) SUV in April this year at the Shanghai Motor Show. The all-new vehicle featured Hyundai’s new design direction along with all-new interior and a bigger stance. It also gets swapped headlamps and indicator placement which has been a staple of all-new Hyundai SUVs of late, including the Venue, Santa Fe, and the Palisade. The images here by Sina Auto further shed a light on the car’s exterior design. In short, the new Hyundai Creta looks totally different from its ongoing model and in a good way too.
Note that this is the international version of the Creta sold as ix25 in markets like China. The Indian version, therefore, might feature slight alterations on the outside as well as the inside. Speaking of design, the front end features the latest iteration of Hyundai’s signator cascading grille flanked by sleek turn indicators on top of the headlights. The LED DRLs are positioned alongside the headlights while the fog lamps sit in a different housing below. This one seems to be a lower-end variant as the chrome bar on top of the grille along with the chrome surrounds on the grille have been replaced by silver plastics.
A silver scuff plate seen on the higher end variants is also missing on this variant. However, it runs on attractive looking alloy wheels that are likely to make it to our shores too. The side profile of the SUV hasn’t changed much apart from a more mature stance it possesses. Talking about the rear end of the car, the taillights are positioned much lower than the current model and get a unique split polygonal design.
Though the car’s interiors are not shown in these pictures, Hyundai being Hyundai has given them a massive redesign in order to maintain the segment leader status of the SUV. There is a huge touchscreen panel on the centre console that flows down towards the centre armrest. The seats, dashboard and the rest of the cabin are covered in a dual-tone paint shade of black and beige. Hyundai has used high-quality materials like soft plastic and leather all over the cabin and overall, the cabin is pretty premium and better than the current generation model.
Dimensionally, the 2020 Hyundai Creta will be much longer and wider than the model it replaces. It will share its platform along with several other key mechanicals with the Kia Seltos compact SUV that was recently unveiled in India. Speaking of engines, it is expected that Hyundai will introduce a new range of BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines options on the Indian spec Creta. The same engines will be available on the Kia Seltos as well with their outputs pegged at 115 Bhp each. Expect the new Creta to be launched here in the first quarter of 2020 after it is showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo.