The Creta is Hyundai’s best selling SUV in India and pumps in a lot of revenue for the automaker. This is possible because of the fine blend of performance, driving dynamics and most importantly the most jam-packed feature list of any car in this segment. It has been in India for a long time and thus needed an update that needed to be valuable for a car of such calibre. And so it did get a heavily updated facelift. The NEWS had been doing rounds in many blogs and social media platforms for a long time now and thus, isn’t a showstopper. It was finally unveiled by King Khan himself at the 2020 Auto Expo. Shah Rukh Khan has been the brand ambassador for Hyundai for 22 years now!
There are a lot of changes and the most prominent and on-the-face changes are the visible ones. It had earlier been revealed as the new-gen ix25 in China last year and we knew that it will eventually end up in India as well. Hyundai has gone all out with the second-generation Creta and has revamped it mechanically as well as aesthetically.
The designing has taken a steep detour from “subtle people pleaser” to an all-out bold approach. Hyundai has used a trapezoidal chrome-laden grille that is slowly spreading through its line-up. We can get used to it but the new and bold headlamp setup is what will leave many in splits. The headlamp now flaunts LED DRLs that go all the way and the LED headlights are enclosed in a closure within the DRLs. The front fascia thus gets completely redesigned and it also housed new fog lamp design as well. A scuff pad is also present at the end of the radically designed bumper to take all of the beatings.
The wheel arches are now squared out instead of the prior curved layout and it goes pretty well with the overall design. All the new Cretas will have a subtle dual-tone layout with a tinge of silver on the C-pillar. It goes well with the new 17-inch shoes that are diamond cut and looks edgy, to say the least. The rear end is surely going to bring up debates in most of the auto blogs and that is due to its very loud design language. It is the exact opposite of the subtle layout from First Gen Hyundai Creta. But it doesn’t look that bad and it's only in the dark shades like the one showcased at the Expo that it stands out. Now, “Creta” is also spread out boldly over the rear end which will also be difficult to fathom for the conservative lot.
Dimensionally, the Creta is a wee bit longer than the outgoing model and now shares the same platform as the Kia Seltos. This is because of the same parent company both come under that we see a lot of sharing going on. There isn’t much insight on the interior space but taking into account the shared platform, you can expect a similarly roomy cabin. Talking about the features on this Creta, its coarse but Hyundai has confirmed on the panoramic sunroof and its BlueLink connectivity features. If we take into account the Chinese spec model, it gets a 10.25-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment unit similar to the ones found in Teslas along with cooled seats and wireless charging. So expect these features to be spread over the trim table and thus cater to a wider audience.
The mechanical bits will supposedly be shared with the current-gen Kia Seltos. The petrol engine will be a 1.5L unit that pumps out 113.4 bhp and will be coupled to a 6-Speed manual or CVT gearbox. The diesel powerhouse will also pump out the same power figures come coupled to either a 6-Speed manual or a torque converter. Hyundai might also bring in the more exciting 1.4L Turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out 138 bhp and is coupled to a precise shifting 7-Speed DCT or a 6-Speed manual. You can pick your poison here!
Details and reveal of the interior will be out when the Second-gen Creta nears launch date. It is now expected to be launched in March 2020 and prices are expected to range from Rs.10 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh. Only time will say if the new Creta can live up to the legacy created by the first-gen model.