The compact SUVs has been in trend in the Indian market for a while now and this growing fondness is the reason that we see new SUVs being launched every now and then. Hyundai entered into the compact SUV segment with the launch of Hyundai Creta a few years back. The SUV has seen a stellar sales figure, both domestic and exports, since its launch. The South-Korean company is now all set to launch the facelifted version of the Creta with some minor changes in the features.
The new Hyundai Creta 2018 is quite similar to the existing model, with some enhancements to the exterior profile and minor updates adding to the interior delight. The power mechanism remains the same, which means, it will continue to use the same engine.
The new facelifted version of the compact SUV is expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018, while the launch of the product is expected by mid of 2018. The new introduction is certainly going to be a very crucial update in the SUV segment for the Hyundai, which will keep the company’s demand intact amidst the intense competition.
The Brazilian-spec model unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo had received some exterior changes with some newly added elements. The exterior aesthetic profile of the new Indian-spec model is expected to get the same changes with a slightly revamped front profile, featuring a new highly textured cascading grille replacing the earlier three-slat chrome grille, delicately redesigned bumper and a newly formed housing for the horizontal front lamps. Side profile remains almost the same with minimal changes from its earlier version. The rear profile is expected to receive changes with slightly improved tail-lamps, reflectors, and bumper. Another change would be the bold chrome band across the tailgate. In term of the dimensions of the car, it will remain identical to the existing model.
Interior Delight and Safety features
The new facelifted version of the compact SUV is unlikely to get any comprehensive styling changes inside the cabin. Instead of getting any visual changes, the new model is expected to get changes in terms of technology inside the cabin. Hyundai is expected to introduce new technology for enriching safety and comfort of the passengers. Visually, the cabin is perfectly styled with a dual-tone dashboard equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system comprising of steering-mounted controls for the audio system. Features such as rear parking cameras, automatic climate control, ECS, Bluetooth, audio-video navigation and smart key with push button are from the existing model. Moreover, the seats are fully covered with fine leather and the driver seat comes with an option of height adjustment. The car is provided with six airbags for buyers safety, while the Hill-start assist control helps you get a safe uphill start without rolling back.
The new updated compact SUV of the Hyundai is expected to carry the engine from the earlier version of Creta. The car offers two diesel and one petrol engine options. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.6-litre VTVT engine, which is capable of developing a maximum power of 121 bhp and a peak torque of 151 Nm. For diesel variant, Hyundai has employed a 1.4-litre CRDi unit and a 1.6-litre CRDi VGT diesel engines. The former churns out a maximum power of 89 bhp and a peak torque of 220 Nm. While the latter produces a maximum power of 126 bhp and a peak torque of 259 Nm. All the engines are mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox is optional. According to reports coming, the company is planning to introduce a mild-hybrid technology in both the engine variants.
Mileage is a very important parameter while considering the potential of a car, especially in a country like India, where the ability of a car to live-up customer expectations depends on how fuel-efficient it is. Since the engine mechanism remains the same as of its earlier version, so is the mileage considered to remain unchanged. The petrol manual variant is expected to return a mileage of 15.29 kmpl, while the 1.4-litre diesel engine delivers a mileage of 21.38 kmpl. Whereas, the 1.6-litre diesel unit gives a mileage of 19.67 kmpl for manual and 17.01 kmpl for automatic. Moreover, the introduction of mild-hybrid technology will certainly improve the overall fuel-efficiency of the car.
The new introduction with some refreshed styling and features will certainly prove to be a smart move by Hyundai in order to stand firm against the competitors. In the competitive SUV segment, in order to withstand the position, coming up with new ideas and upgradations with regular launches is a must. So definitely, the new facelift version of the Creta is going to be a trendsetting model in this segment in India.
The facelifted trim of the Hyundai Creta 2018 is expected to be priced at Rs. 9.5 lakh to Rs. 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched it will compete with the likes of Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Honda BR-V in the compact SUV segment.