Exclusive: 2018 Hyundai Creta launch date, changes revealed

Hyundai Creta has been one successful SUV in the Indian market. Hyundai has been preparing for the launch of the facelifted version of the Creta for some time and we have learned about the launch date of the upcoming car. The new Creta is expected to be launched on 23rd or 24th May 2018. A few Hyundai dealerships have also started accepting bookings for the car unofficially.

The new Creta has been launched already in the international markets like Brazil and similar updates are expected to be seen on the Indian version Creta too. The SUV has been spotted testing on the Indian roads quite a few times, but due to heavy camouflage, the changes remain hidden.

The new Creta will get a new larger trapezoidal grille with updated bumpers. The car also gets new fog lamp housings that are much more pronounced than the outgoing version and provides a much sportier look to the vehicle. The car will also get new alloy wheels among other minute changes on the exterior to keep it fresh. On the inside, the new Creta will get a new dashboard theme with a new infotainment system, which will be similar to the updated i20.

The pictures of the test vehicle caught in India indicates that the new Creta will also get a sports version. The Brazilian market gets a Sports variant too and Hyundai may implement a similar strategy for the Indian market. The Creta Sports is expected to get a different alloy wheel design and a dual tone body. The other additions include a seat ventilation system similar to the Hyundai Verna and a sunroof. We are not sure if these features will remain limited to the sports variant or the top-end variant will also get these features.

The engine and the transmission option of the new Creta will remain unchanged from the current version. It will get a 1.4-litre diesel engine that produces 89 Bhp – 220 Nm and a 1.6-litre diesel engine that generates 126 Bhp and 265 Nm. There is also a 1.6-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum of 121 Bhp – 151 Nm. Both the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options get a 6-speed automatic transmission too.

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