Hyundai Creta: Future Compact SUV set for 2020 Launch

Come 2020, Hyundai will launch the second generation Creta SUV in India and many other countries where the vehicle is currently sold. The all-new Hyundai Creta is expected to be larger than the current version, and with 3 rows of seats making for a 7 passenger capacity. Here is a speculative render that shows what the all-new Hyundai Creta could look like.

Hyundai Creta: Future Compact SUV set for 2020 Launch

As the render clearly shows, the 2020 Hyundai Creta is expected to derive inspiration from the South Korean  automaker’s flagship SUV offering – the 2018 Santa Fe. A cascading grille and LED daytime running LEDs dominate the front end of the new Creta.

The bumper gets projector headlamps, similar to what’s going to be offered on the upcoming Tata Harrier. Headlamps in the bumper is turning out to be a hot new trend with multiple automakers across the world opting for such a design in their SUVs.

Since the new Creta is said to adopt a 7 seat layout, the render indicates a longer body than the current version.  The SUV is also likely to be wider and taller than the first-generation model. The rear does show some similarity with the current Creta, especially the tail lamp section.

Hyundai Creta: Future Compact SUV set for 2020 Launch

The design is finished off with dual exhaust tips and a sporty bumper insert. The top gets a panoramic sunroof, a  feature that is expected to be offered on the 2nd generation Hyundai Creta. The new SUV is likely to be a lot more  loaded than the current version.

The new Creta is expected to use the new crop of engines that Hyundai and Kia have been developing keeping tightening emission norms in mind. Both the petrol and diesel engines on the new SUV are likely to be 1.5 liter units. These motors will be first seen on the Kia compact SUV, which will be launched in India late next year.

These engines will also be offered on the facelifted Hyundai Verna sedan before making their way into the new Creta. The new SUV is expected to get full hybrid and electric variants in future. The platform on which it will be based on will be engineered suitably for this.

As for price and positioning, the 2020 Hyundai Creta is expected to command a premium due to the additional row of seats, added features and the costs involved for complying with tighter emissions. Expect prices to start from over Rs. 10 lakhs. The new Creta is likely to directly rival the Mahindra XUV500.

Render courtesy KleberSilva