Hyundai Creta Facelift will most likely debut in India at the 2023 Auto Expo; Featuring the Korean brand’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design philosophy, the mid-size SUV will get a host of cosmetic changes; Explained via a video.
Hyundai has launched the Creta Facelift in the overseas market including Indonesia, Thailand and South Africa amongst others. However, we are yet to receive the facelifted version of the mid-size SUV in India. The facelifted SUV will remain mechanically the same and will sport a plethora of cosmetic upgrades over the current model. For reference, the 2nd Gen model of the Creta SUV was launched in the year 2020 and it is currently selling in good numbers along with commanding a waiting period of around 6 months. If some media reports are to be believed, we can expect the launch of the Creta Facelift in India by the first quarter of 2023. Here is a quick walk around of the upcoming SUV via a YouTube video by ‘Eram Shahid’.
2023 Hyundai Creta Facelift: Expected Cosmetic Changes and Features
As explained in the video, the front fascia of the mid-size SUV is heavily inspired by its elder sibling, the latest Hyundai Tucson. It follows Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design direction. The new parametric front grille covers the major part of the front fascia and the LED DRLs are well integrated into the fin-shaped elements. The main headlamp cluster is placed in the lower part of the bumper and features separate units for low and high beams along with the indicator. Lower down, a large silver skid plate accompanied by an outstretching air dam occupies the remaining part of the front profile. Towards the side, the SUV remains almost identical while we expect a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels to feature in the facelift. The rear profile gets minor changes to the boot lid design along with a new set of LED tail lamps. The SUV in the video is a top spec dual tone variant and the roof as well as A, B and C pillars are finished in black.
The interiors of the SUV shown in the video remain the same as the current model with an all-black dashboard finish. However, the India spec model will likely get a new all-digital instrument cluster which will be a straight lift-off from the 7-seater Alcazar. This new cluster will be limited to the top-end trims and the lower variants will continue to use the same analogue unit with a MID. The 10.25-inch infotainment unit will continue to do its duty on the Creta, although with a new interface and some enhanced features. Apart from this, minor changes to the upholstery are quite obvious. In terms of features, the facelift is expected to get an upgraded equipment list which includes a 360-degree parking camera, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) tech, a blind spot monitoring system and more.
2023 Hyundai Creta Facelift: Powertrain and Rivals
As the case with all the facelifts, this SUV too will not undergo any mechanical changes and will continue to be powered by the same set of powertrain options. This includes a 1.5-litre MPi petrol, 1.5-litre CRDi diesel and a 1.4-litre tGDi turbo petrol engine. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed IVT and a 7-speed DCT unit.
In India, the Creta Facelift will continue to rival the likes of Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq amongst others in its segment.