Hyundai India has officially taken wraps off the new gen Creta. It will launch next month with BS6 petrol and diesel engines.
In the presence of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who is also the brand ambassador of Hyundai India, the company has taken wraps off their star SUV – the new gen Creta. Current Creta has registered sales of over 4.6 lakhs in India and 1.9 lakh overseas, since launch back in 2015. Now, 2020 Hyundai Creta comes with a futuristic design, based on the new design language of Hyundai. It is also larger in dimensions.
First unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show 2019 under ix25 nameplate, the next generation Hyundai Creta features a radically different styling that is sure to polarize opinions. Considering that the understated design of the current version enjoys huge popularity among Indian audience, it was expected that the new Creta would undergo significant styling changes before arriving here.
However, that has not been the case. Apart from a revised grill design, there is hardly any major changes made to the design. While Hyundai didn’t change much of the side profile, the front and rear end designs are all-new.
At the front, the revised front grille wears more chrome and the conventional headlamp has been replaced by split LED units whose design takes a bit of getting used to. The two-piece taillight design is aimed at complementing the elements upfront but ends up being very odd. It remains to be seen how the Indian audience will respond to the new Creta’s styling.
Needless to say, the 2020 Hyundai Creta is equipped with a fresh dashboard design with prominent center console display, new steering wheel, improved materials and fresh colour themes. The new model will also pack a whole lot of additional features. It will also get a large panoramic sunroof.
2020 Hyundai Creta will be underpinned by an improved version of the existing car’s platform. The car will have a longer 7-seat derivative down the line to take on the likes of similar variants from Tata Harrier and MG Hector.
The crossover is expected to share its powertrain lineup with the soon-to-be-launched Kia Seltos. A naturally aspirated 1.5-liter petrol, a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol and a turbocharged 1.5-liter diesel are the candidates. Manual, automatic, DSG transmission options will be on offer. Overall, the new Creta will offer quite a few engine-gearbox combinations.
The currently Hyundai Creta set the compact premium crossover market on fire when it entered in 2015 and has been enjoying a near-monopoly until the beginning of this year, but things have changed a lot. The successor will have several formidable rivals to take on, one of them is sibling Kia Seltos – which posted sales of 15,000 units in Jan 2020; becoming India’s No 1 selling SUV.