Hyundai’s upcoming Creta 7-seater, besides being longer, sports different styling elements
Hyundai India launched the 2020MY Creta in March at a starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh ex-showroom. The Indian automotive industry was hit hard by COVID-19 in the days that followed but the South Korean brand still managed to garner appreciable sales figures. Compared to the Kia Seltos, with which its platform is shared, Hyundai’s refreshed compact crossover is arguably the better package.
We have already shared the news that Hyundai is working on a 7-seater avatar of the Creta. The three-row Creta was spotted on a few occasions recently in its home country wearing heavy camouflage. Now, the vehicle has been caught on camera yet again. This time, we get a better idea of its increased dimensions and subtle design updates.
Towards its final phase of development, the 7-seater Creta could get a new nametag — much like Tata Motors’ Harrier and its upcoming 7-seater sibling, Gravitas. Furthermore, a 7-seater Kia Seltos with the same underpinnings could also be introduced at some point in the future. The global automotive industry has been witnessing a growing interest in crossovers or ‘urban SUVs’. This trend is slowly evolving from compact 5-seaters to compact 7-seaters.
Being based on the same platform, the 7-seater Hyundai Creta would most likely have the same power plant choices as its regular sibling. Still, the tuning could be slightly higher to pull the extra mass effortlessly. The list of features or equipment could be longer as well to justify a higher price tag by not just overall dimensions.
The India-spec 2020MY Hyundai Creta (and Kia Seltos) is sold with three BS6-compliant engine choices: 1.5-litre NA petrol (113bhp/144Nm), 1.5-litre diesel (113bhp/250Nm) and 1.4-litre turbo petrol (138bhp/242Nm). The power plants are available mated to a CVT, 6-speed AT or 7-speed DCT, respectively while a 6-speed manual transmission is standard across the range.
Meanwhile, Kia Motors India is working on a subcompact crossover (less than four metres in length) based on the Hyundai Venue’s platform. Called the Kia Sonet, the vehicle was showcased at Auto Expo 2020 in a concept format. Prior to the Indian government’s lockdown protocol, Kia Motors India had started its road tests and we have already shared a few spy pics of the same.
Considering India’s interest in relatively affordable three-row cars, the Hyundai Creta 7-seater could make its way to our market soon. Once launched, it could affect the sales of popular mid-size SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4.