The next-gen Hyundai Creta will be sharing its platform and powertrain with the upcoming Kia Seltos. It will also be more feature-rich and expensive too.
The Hyundai Creta is one of the most popular cars in the country. It is an SUV and has just the right size to appeal to most Indian car buyers. The Creta still makes four digit sales numbers every month. However, this segment has seen a lot of activity of late and there are new players in the segment as well. To keep the Creta still up and going, Hyundai plans to introduce the next-gen Hyundai Creta in India by next year.
The mid-size SUV segment has become quite crowded with the launch of the Tata Harrier, the MG Hector and even with the upcoming Kia Seltos. And talking about the Seltos, the next-gen Hyundai Creta will share a lot in common with the Seltos. Both cars will be based on the same platform and they will even use the same powertrain. That means the new Creta will come with the 1.5L, petrol and diesel engines that we are expecting in the Seltos. The engines will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission options and they will certainly be BS-VI compliant.
While we have some idea about the next-gen Hyundai Creta platform and powertrain options, what we do not is how the SUV will look like. Although we have seen the Chinese version of the Creta, called the ix25 at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, that still was designed to particularly appeal to Chinese customers rather than a globally likeable one like the current Creta. What is certain is that it will be bigger and wider than the current Creta. However, it still remains to be seen how Hyundai styles the Creta differently for the Indian market.
The new Creta will be even more loaded than the current-gen Creta. It will have equipments similar to the upcoming Kia Seltos. It will have a large 10.25 inch infotainment system that will likely feature the BlueLink connectivity feature that was recently debuted with the Hyundai Venue. Other key features will include a dual-zone climate control, cruise control, powered front seats, sunroof, and more.
The next-gen Hyundai Creta will be a little more expensive than the current-gen Creta which has a price of Rs. 9.60 to Rs 15.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Chances are Hyundai will also consider developing a 7-seater version of the Creta based on the new platform because the Tata Harrier and the MG Hector already have 7-seater versions on their cards. The next-gen Creta will also take on the likes of the Kia Seltos, the Renault Captur and Duster and Nissan Kicks. We expect it to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, with a possible launch by March 2020.