Hyundai is busy testing the facelifted version of the Creta compact SUV on Indian roads. The on-test version showed off a sunroof, which means that Hyundai could offer this hot feature soon. Indians love sunroofs and Hyundai is a brand that packs its cars with a lot of features. Sunroofs are considered ‘premium’ in India. The best-selling Creta could get another shot in the arm when the sunroof is offered as a key new feature through the facelifted model.
Talking of other changes on the facelifted model, the front end design will change. The Creta Facelift is expected to derive inspiration from the Brazilian version, looking more aggressive than before. This is a good thing considering that it’s an SUV we’re talking about here. There may be feature additions on the inside, apart from the sunroof. Expect a new-age infotainment system, with touchscreen of course, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Mechanically, no change are expected on the facelifted model as Hyundai is likely to stick to ‘why mess with anything if it ain’t broke’. The petrol engine will continue to be the 1.6 liter, normally aspirated unit with 122 Bhp of peak power and 151 Nm of peak torque. This engine will get 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options, and will drive the front wheels of the SUV.
The diesel engines will be 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter turbocharged units. The 1.4 liter CRDI diesel makes 89 Bhp and 220 Nm while the 1.6 liter motor makes 126 Bhp and 260 Nm, class leading figures. Both engines will get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard with the larger engine also getting a 6 speed automatic gearbox as an option. The diesels will also be front wheel driven. Competitors for the Creta include the Renault Duster, the Nissan Terrano, the Jeep Compass, the Mahindra XUV500, the Renault Captur and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.