The Hyundai Creta facelift (called as ix25 in China) has been officially unveiled in Brazil at the ongoing 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show. To enter into production in the coming weeks, launch is expected to take place by early 2017.
Compared to the India-spec Hyundai Creta, Brazilian Creta has a chrome lining surrounding the front grille, revised bumper style, and horizontal fog lamps. At the rear, tail lamp design is revised, while there is a thin chrome lining running between the tail-lamps.
On the inside, the basic layout is similar to Indian Creta, but the Brazil-spec variant comes with an advanced infotainment system that offers compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Latin American Creta has adopted a flex-fuel version of the 1.6-litre engine which is modified to run on both petrol and ethanol. The motor would produce 130 hp @ 6,300 rpm and 161.81 Nm torque @ 4,850 rpm. In addition to this, there is also the 2.0-litre flex-fuel engine on offer. This delivers 166 hp @ 6,200 rpm and 201.04 Nm torque @ 4,700 rpm. Transmission options include 6-speed MT and AT units with the 1.6l unit while the 2.0l engine is only offered with AT. Both engines are offered only with FWD system.
Most of the parts of Creta facelift are most likely sourced from India (an import export website log shows that few units of Creta have been shipped to South America). Local media reports that Hyundai’s Brazilian factory would be prepared for the local assembly of the Creta which is set to commence sometime towards the end of 2016. Deliveries will start from Jan 2017.
According to local media, Hyundai Brazil is benchmarking the Creta against the Honda HR-V. Competition would also come from the Renault Duster.