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.
Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has recently introduced a slightly revised Creta SUV in the Indian market. Instead of major changes, the company opted for variant rejig and feature upgrades for the SUV. Interestingly, Hyundai is also working on a facelift version of the SUV. The new Hyundai Creta 2018 facelift will be launched in the Indian market in the second half of 2018, soon after its grand debut at the biennial event. 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. The next-model could also introduce mild hybrid technology in its vehicles; however with the recent withdrawal of the subsidy to mild hybrids under the FAME scheme. There is yet no clarity if Hyundai will use this technology for its volume products. As a reminder, Hyundai has already launched the updated Creta at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show. The same changes are expected to be offered on the upcoming India-spec model as well. It features subtle styling updates, visible largely on the front profile. 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.
The Brazilian-spec model also gets subtle changes to the cabin. Feature list include 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 company might add mild-hybrid technology to further improve its efficiency. 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-spec model. Another major change to be offered could be the mild-hybrid technology, but there is no clarity from Hyundai on the same. 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 share the same set of engine from the current model. Petrol variant of the car will be powered by a 1.6-litre dual VTVT unit that churns out a maximum power output of 121bhp and a peak torque of 151Nm. 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. The company is reportedly planning to introduce a mild hybrid technology in both petrol and diesel guise. However, nothing official on the same has been revealed by the maker. Transmission options on the carline will include the standard 6 speed manual and an optional 6-speed automatic unit. 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. Interestingly, media reports suggest that the SUV could get a mild-hybrid technology in both petrol and diesel avatars. This would further improve its overall fuel efficiency.
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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