The Hyundai Creta is a global product and is sold in multiple countries like India, China, Russia, Brazil etc
However, all countries don’t follow a same timeline as far as launches and updates are concerned. While, China was the first one to receive the second gen product last year (in the form of new ix25), Hyundai unveiled the 2020 Creta in India at the 2020 Auto Expo.
For now, Hyundai has skipped the introduction of the new-gen Creta and has launched a facelift of the previous gen Creta. This means that Russia won’t be getting the new-gen Creta at least in the next 10-12 months or so. It isn’t the first time a manufacturer has planned to delay a new-gen model launch. India too has been at the receiving end of similar policies, which are all governed by Return on Investment for the OEM.
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Talking about the Creta launched in Russia, it doesn’t come along with major changes. The silhouette remains the same and so does the overall stance. Visible cosmetic changes include a redesigned radiator grille with a checkered pattern and a new set of alloy wheels.
On the inside, there is no change in the cabin. All interior components have been carried over from the pre-facelift version. Under the hood too, there is no mechanical change. Customers have a choice to choose between 2 engine options. These include a 1.6 litre naturally aspirated petrol motor and a larger 2 litre NA petrol engine.
The smaller, 1.6 litre motor dishes out 123 PS & 150.7 Nm of max torque. It comes with 2 transmission options, a 6-speed MT & a 6-speed AT. The 2 litre engine churns out 149.6 PS & 192 Nm of peak torque and is available solely with a 6-speed AT. Across the range, customers can opt in for an additional AWD system, which is available with all engine and transmission options.
It is to be noted that Hyundai manufactures Creta locally in Russia at its St. Petersburg plant. The new version has been launched with a sticker price of RUB 9,75,000 which roughly translates into INR 10.08 lakhs.
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In India, the 2020 Creta was unveiled by Shah Rukh Khan at the 2020 Auto Expo. It was later launched at a starting price of INR 9.99 lakhs. In a non-Corona-ridden world, we would have driven the new Creta by now and posted a review for you, however thanks to the ongoing pandemic, it has been postponed to an unknown date. Do let us know, if you find the Russian-spec Creta more aesthetically pleasing than the 2020 Creta which has been launched in India.