The Hyundai Creta has got to be one of the most successful products of the Korean company in India. A good three years after its launch, the Hyundai Creta SUV still continues to be in the 10 best selling cars list in India. While the waiting period has gone down big time now, it is expected to increase soon. Why you may ask? The headline of the story is the clue. Yes, Hyundai India will shortly launch the 2018 Creta facelift soon. Dispatches of the SUV have already started reaching few dealerships. A few dealers I spoke with confirmed that bookings will indeed start in a few days while the launch is expected later this month. Here is a list of the things that has changed in the new Hyundai Creta.
Looks and interior
It is a facelift but a proper one. This includes Hyundai’s new cascading grille, revised bumpers, new fog lamp and enclosure, beefier skid plates, different headlamp shape, DRLs (the previous car required you to turn on the daytime running lights), 17-inch machined alloys, sunroof and more. The Hyundai Creta is still a 5-seater but the cabin now gets a bigger infotainment system, powered driver’s seat and new upholstery which will have leather being used for certain areas.
Dual airbags along with ABS will be standard on the six trims that Hyundai plans to offer. However, the top-spec SX(O) gets four additional airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts. In addition to this, the automatic trims will get Hill Assist and ESP.
Engines and transmission
Hyundai hasn’t tinkered with the engines much though I believe that the 1.6-litre diesel/petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel will have more driveability and in the process marginally better claimed fuel efficiency too. Hyundai will offer a 6-speed manual and automatic with all the engine options except for the base diesel that will get only the manual tranny.
Currently, the Hyundai Creta range starts at Rs 9.29 lakh ex-showroom. While few may consider it steep, others like the Renault Duster too start at a similar price point. It is likely that Hyundai may launch the Creta with a price cut, more like an introductory offer.
What you should watch out for though is the current Creta that could soon be available at discounts. It’s not a bad car either and in fact is one of the most desirable ones in India. Go pick it up. You can’t go wrong with it either.