The brand’s first locally-built SUV will go on sale in Indonesia first. Hyundai released the first teaser for the refreshed Creta. The refreshed Creta will look like Tucson and Santa Cruz in front with two seating options when it launches in India next year.
South Korean carmaker Hyundai’s Creta is one of its best-selling models. Almost two years have passed since the second-generation Creta was introduced to the Indian market.
However, it was launched in the international markets much earlier than here in India. The product needs a midlife update now. Hyundai Indonesia has revealed the front and rear fascias of the facelifted Creta.
The vehicle will be making its way to the Indian market at a later stage. But what all changes will it come in? Here is a list of the top 5 differences likely to be seen on the Hyundai Creta facelift.
What does the Hyundai Creta teaser confirm about the facelift?
This teaser confirms that the Creta will get a completely new front design. It will align with more recent models like the latest Tucson (never available in India) and the recently unveiled Santa Cruz pickup sold overseas.
As part of the mid-cycle update, the new Creta will get rectangular headlamps positioned lower than before.
The new grille, which Hyundai calls the ‘parametric grille’, dominates the front fascia and melds seamlessly with the bumper.
The teaser doesn’t confirm whether the new Creta will get the Tucson’s half-mirror type LED Daytime Running Lamps, which are only visible when switched on and appear as an extension of the grille otherwise.
It is expected that the styling at the rear will look similar to the slightly updated version revealed in Russia recently, and we hope for some interior upgrades and more features on the facelift.
In addition, sources tell us the Creta facelift in Indonesia will include passive safety features like ADAS, at least on the higher variants.
The Hyundai Creta facelift will likely come with two seating configurations in Indonesia.
There are unconfirmed reports that the Creta for Indonesia will be offered with either a five- or seven-seat layout.
The five-seat variant of the Creta will have similar cabin space as the global variant, but the seven-seat variant will be unique as it will come with a bench seat in the third row, identical to the setup on the seven-seat Sonet.
India will continue to receive the Alcazar, an extended version of the Creta with three rows of seats.
Front face inspired by Tucson.
Hyundai Creta’s styling is controversial, and this theme will continue to be carried throughout the facelifted avatar.
However, the styling will follow Tucson’s design language. It will also feature the Parametric Jewel grille seen on the Tucson with integrated LED DRLs.
It will also feature a vertically split headlamp with the main headlamp clusters mounted on the bumper, which will also be sharper.
A more streamlined rear fascia
There will also be an angular feel to the rear end of the facelifted Hyundai Creta. Along with the redesigned boot lid, it will feature a sharper tail lamp setup. With the revisions, Creta’s design will gain the much-needed sharpness.
Engine options have been revised.
In India and abroad, the Hyundai Creta is already on sale with a selection of engines. In its refreshed avatar, it is likely to feature an updated petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. As a result, Hyundai might provide better performance and fuel economy.
Feature list beefed up.
The Hyundai Creta already has a long feature list, but the mid-size SUV is expected to provide even more features in the facelift version. Added features may include a 360-degree parking camera, a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, etc.
iMT gearbox, which debuted on Hyundai Venue, would also be a significant change. The clutchless manual gearbox is expected to appear on the Creta as well, but with a facelift. The 1.5L engine is already available on its mechanical sibling, the Kia Seltos.
Hyundai Creta facelift: India launch date
It first debuted in China in 2019 as the ix25, while the India-spec model debuted at the 2020 Auto Expo last February, making the Creta a little more than a year old for our market.
Despite the refreshed car going on sale in Indonesia first, its launch in India is still some time away and is expected in the latter half of next year.
The updated Creta for India is likely to resemble the one revealed in Indonesia soon. Still, we hope it to gain more features and even include passive safety tech such as ADAS.