The facelifted Hyundai Creta is coming to Indian shores sometime in 2017. Ahead of the popular SUV being launched in India, Hyundai revealed the 2017 facelift at the ongoing 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil. The facelifted Hyundai Creta comes loaded with some new features to enhance the appeal of the car. While the new Creta will go on sale in Brazil this year, it is expected to be launched in India in the first half of 2017
In Brazil, the new Creta will be sold with two engine options – 1.6 Gamma which belts out 130bhp and the 2.0 Nu which generates about 166bhp.
However, the new Creta which is headed to Indian will come with the same 1.6 Gamma Dual VTVT petrol engine along with the 1.6 U2 CRDi VGT and 1.4 U2 CRDi engines. Both engine variants come mated to a 6-speed standard manual gearbox and an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox in both petrol and diesel variants with the 1.6-litre engines
According to the reports coming from Sao Paulo, the new Creta that will be launched in India will come with a brand new hexagonal grille with chrome borders and more full-bodied bumpers. It will come equipped with LED daytime running lights. It is expected to sport 17-inch rims and will have built in indicators in the rear view mirrors. The tail lamps have also got a makeover.
The South Korean automaker has toned down the car’s butch look to make it even more appealing.
On the inside, the changes are few but significant. The major change in the interior being the new brown/black dual tone finish for the dash and matching leather seats. The car also offers some new features like – cornering lights, stability control, hill-climb assist, tyre pressure monitoring system and more. For a change, the car’s onboard entertainment system also supports Android Auto along with the Apple CarPlay which so far only supported the iOS phones.
In terms of size, the Creta is much larger (271mm) than the diminutive Ford EcoSport that was made specially to avail of the duty benefits for cars under 4m length but is slightly shorter than the Renault Duster (45mm) and also shorter than its sibling the Hyundai Verna by 105mm. It is also 42mm narrower than the Duster and 80mm wider than the Verna. In keeping with the overall dimensions of the car, bootspace is also between the Duster and the EcoSport at 400-litres.
Hyundai is offering the Creta with a petrol engine or an option of two diesel engines. While the petrol is the 1.6-litre 123bhp dual VTVT all-aluminium engine that does duty on the Verna, amongst diesels there is the option of choosing either the U2 CRDi 1.4-litre litre 90bhp engine from the i20 or the 1.6-litre CRDi VGT 128bhp engine from the Verna and the Elantra. On the Creta, these engines have an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 15.29kmpl, 21.38kmpl and 19.67kmpl respectively when mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox in each case. With the 1.6L engine there is also an option of going in for a 6-speed automatic gearbox with the variant below the top-of-the-line offering, in which case ARAI certified fuel efficiency is 17.01kmpl. We got a opportunity to drive the top-of-the-line 1.6-litre diesel as well as the only automatic variant just after the launch from Pune to Lonavala, in some serious weather conditions as can be expected during the monsoons.