The India-bound 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift is likely to come with the same engine lineup – 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol, 1.4-litre CRDi diesel and 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel.
After launching the Creta facelift in Brazil, Hyundai has unveiled the Creta facelift (Hyundai ix25 facelift) at the Chengdu Motor Show. Earlier this year, Hyundai had introduced the slightly revised Creta SUV in India. Instead of major changes, the company opted for variant rejig and feature upgrades for the SUV. The South Korean automaker is now planning to introduce the new Hyundai Creta 2018 facelift in the Indian market in 2018. Likely to be unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, the updated model could be launched in the second half of 2018. This compact SUV is a crucial product for the company and it accounts for a huge chunk of Hyundai’s monthly sales. In a bid to keep the demand intact amid intense competition, the Korean giant plans on bestowing intermittent updates on the SUV.
The facelift version, set for launch by mid-2018 will act as a buffer until the new generation model is rolled-out in 2021. Talking about the updated model, the SUV will get cosmetic design upgrades and a revised engine lineup. It comes with subtle styling updates, visible largely on the front profile. The SUV sports a winged bumper design and slightly restyled grille that extends to the headlamps. It comes equipped with the hexagonal grille with three horizontal chrome slats. The LED DRLs are now placed below the fog lamp assembly. The side profile will remain unchanged, except for the few tweaks in the form of new alloy wheels. Minor changes were seen on the rear end with a new tail-lamp and bumper.
It was speculated that the Creta facelift could also get mild hybrid technology. With the recent withdrawal of the subsidy and increased tax on mild hybrids, Hyundai has dropped plans of launching hybrid cars in the country. The cabin of the Creta facelift also comes with a black theme. It has contrasting red stitching on the seats and gear lever console, along with red highlights around the air conditioning vents. Other changes include slightly revised centre console, new climate control system with new colour backlight and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto for the infotainment system.
It is expected that India-spec model could inherit either some of all of the changes from the former. Under the hood, the facelifted Creta is expected to feature the existing engine range. The Chinese-spec model is also equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 130bhp of power and 211Nm of torque. Also Read – New Hyundai Verna – India Launch & Other Details
It is expected that Hyundai will showcase the Creta facelift at the Auto Expo 2018, scheduled to begin from February 9. The launch, albeit will take place post the biennial event by mid-2018. Check Out: A Complete List of Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Above Rs 15 lakh|
Hyundai hasn’t revealed anything officially about the Creta facelift, but it is expected to share some of its features from the Brazilian or Chinese-spec models. Another major change to the offered could be the new infotainment system and added features. With these changes, the SUV could receive slight bump in price. While the base version of the SUV is expected to be priced at Rs 10 lakh, the top-end model could cost around Rs 15 lakh.
|Engine||Max Power||Max Torque|
|1.6-litre Dual VTVT Petrol||121bhp||151Nm|
|1.4-litre CRDi Diesel||89bhp||220Nm|
|1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT Diesel||126bhp||259Nm|
The updated Creta will continue to feature the same set of engine from the current model. Petrol variant of the car will be propelled by a 1.6-litre dual VTVT engine that is capable of producing a maximum power output of 121bhp and a peak torque of 151Nm. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox, which sends the power to the front wheels.
Diesel range of the SUV comprises of 1.4-litre CRDi unit and a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT. While the former is capable of producing 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque, the 1.6-litre engine is good for 126bhp of power and 259Nm of torque. While the 1.4-litre unit is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre diesel engine comes with a six-speed manual unit as standard and a six-speed automatic as optional. Read More – Hyundai Carlino Based Compact SUV
|1.6-litre Dual VTVT Petrol||15.29kmpl|
|1.4-litre CRDi Diesel||21.38kmpl|
|1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT Diesel||19.67kmpl (MT) & 17.01kmpl (AT)|
Since there will be no change in the engine set up, the mileage is expected to remain unchanged. That said the petrol engine will continue to deliver 15.29kmpl. The 1.4-litre oil burner with a claimed mileage of 21.38kmpl and 1.6-litre unit with 19.67kmpl for manual and 17.01kmpl for automatic will also be retained.
The Brazilian model previewed at the 2016 Sao Paula was seen with some new elements, nothing comprehensive though. Since India-spec model is likely to receive changes along the same lines, it is expected to get the new cascading grille in front, subtly restyled bumper and horizontal fog lamps. Side profile with minimal changes, is likely to remain unchanged, but the rear is expected to receive slightly tweaked tail-lamps, reflectors and bumper. The bold chrome band running across the tailgate is another change. Dimensionally, it will not witness any change and carry over the same proportions from the current model.
Inside the cabin, it is unlikely to receive comprehensive styling updates, instead Hyundai could equip new tech including some safety provisions and comfort goodies. Features such as AVN system with touchscreen, rear parking camera and sensors, automatic climate control, ESC, VSM and height adjustable driver seat etc will be carried over from the pre-facelifted model.
The SUV will face competition from Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Honda BR-V in the segment
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