Hyundai Creta facelift: What’s new?

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Hyundai is expected to launch the updated Creta on May 22, 2018. While dealer training sessions are still underway, we’ve got our hands on a complete feature list that tells us what’s new on the upcoming Creta facelift.

What’s new on the outside?

The Creta facelift will be identifiable by its larger hexagonal grille that is in line with Hyundai’s latest styling theme. The grille, with a thick chrome surround, flows into the headlights that will carry on unchanged. The new chunky front bumper also sports creases and has separate housings for the fog lamps. Also new is a thick black chin that adds muscle to the look. At the rear, it gets a slightly redesigned bumper.

The Creta facelift will be available in both, single- and dual-tone colour options. The single tone options will include White, Passion Orange, Black, Silver, Stardust, Marina Blue and Fire Red, while dual-tone colours will include White with black, and Orange with black.

What engines and gearboxes will the Hyundai Creta facelift come with?

The refreshed Creta will continue to be sold with the 90hp, 1.4-litre diesel, the 123hp, 1.6-litre petrol and 128hp, 1.6-litre diesel engine, like the outgoing model. The 1.4 will be available solely with a manual gearbox, while the 1.6 units will continue to get the option of manual and automatic gearboxes. No mechanical changes are expected on the SUV.

The variant breakup is as follows:

  • Hyundai Creta 1.4 diesel MT: E+ and S variant
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 petrol MT: E, E+, SX, SX (dual tone), SX(O)
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel MT: SX, SX (dual tone), SX (O)
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 petrol AT: SX
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel AT: S, SX

What’s new on the inside? What about features?

The updated Creta will share the dashboard with the current model. However, the variants of the Creta facelift will get a rejig. Like the outgoing Creta, all variants of the facelifted model will get dual airbags and ABS as standard. The following list gives you the variant-wise feature highlights and additions on the Creta facelift.

New Hyundai Creta E

Available with only 1.6 petrol MT 123hp

  • Power windows all around
  • Driver seat height adjust (Manual)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Front armrest (sliding)

New Hyundai Creta E+

Available with 1.6 petrol MT and 1.4 diesel MT

  • USB charger (petrol only)
  • Audio system with Bluetooth

New Hyundai Creta S

Available on 1.4 diesel MT and 1.6 diesel AT

  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Front USB Charger
  • Music system with Bluetooth
  • Reverse camera and parking sensors

New Hyundai Creta SX

Available with 1.6 petrol (AT and MT) and 1.6 diesel (AT and MT)

  • Shark-fin antenna
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (Automatic gearbox variants only)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels (Manual gearbox variants only)
  • Projector headlamps
  • Powered sunroof (Automatic gearbox variants only)
  • Cruise control
  • LED positioning lamps
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Smart key
  • USB charging
  • Music system with Arkamys sound
  • Cluster ioniser
  • AVN infotainment with IPS display
  • Smartphone link
  • Hyundai Autolink feature (Automatic gearbox variants only)
  • Static bending lights
  • Isofix child seat anchors (Automatic gearbox variants only)

New Hyundai Creta SX (dual tone)

Available with 1.6 petrol MT and 1.6 diesel MT

  • Shark-fin antenna
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector headlamps
  • Powered sunroof (Automatic gearbox variants only)
  • Cruise control
  • LED positioning lamps
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Smart key
  • USB charging
  • Music system with Arkamys mode
  • Cluster ioniser
  • AVN infotainment with IPS display
  • Smartphone link
  • Hyundai Autolink feature (Automatic gearbox variants only)
  • Static bending lights

New Hyundai Creta SX (O)

Available with 1.6 petrol MT and 1.6 diesel MT

  • Powered sunroof
  • Six-way adjustable powered driver’s seat
  • Six airbags
  • Smart key band
  • Wireless charging support
  • ECM feature

When can I buy one?

Hyundai dealers have started accepting bookings for the updated Creta, with deliveries being promised by the end of May, depending on variant selected.

[“Source-autocarindia”]

Renault Captur launch by Diwali, to take on Creta, XUV 500

While a launch date hasn’t been specified, the Renault Captur is expected to go on sale in India around Diwali in October. Photo: AFP

While a launch date hasn’t been specified, the Renault Captur is expected to go on sale in India around Diwali in October. Photo: AFP

Mumbai: French auto major Renault is planning to do an encore of its runaway success with the Duster and the small car Kwid, with its new premium SUV, the Captur that’s slated for Diwali launch.

Sumit Sawhney, managing director & chief executive of Renault India told PTI that the much-talked-about launch will take place in the December quarter, but refused to specify whether it could be a Diwali offering or not. The crossover SUV is also known as Kaptur in some global markets like Russia and Captur in Europe which is based on the Clio’s platform. But the Captur that’s coming to the domestic market is a crossover on the Duster platform and will be “positioned at a very premium over the Duster,” he said.

Sounding very bullish, he said Captur is a globally tested SUV having already sold over 1 million units. “We hope to repeat the same level of success here with the Captur”. According to industry analysts, the Captur will take on the Hyundai Creta and the top-end model may take on the Mahindra XUV500, the recently launched Tata Hexa and also Nissan’s Kicks expected by the end of the year.

According to analysts, the SUV may come in two engines options—a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2-litre diesel power train and may be priced around Rs12 lakh, which is the more or less same at that of the Creta. The compact SUV segment is the fastest growing cornering a fourth of the market pie. Launch is expected to cash in on this segment as Renault’s larger SUV, the Koleos, has failed in India therefore withdrawn now.

“The five-seater compact SUV with ‘cross-over DNA’ will be a very premium offering and much higher than the Duster. The new SUV will be rolled out from the company’s Chennai plant,” Sawhney said. The largest European car brand in the country with around 5% market share has primarily two models—the entry level SUV Duster and two variants of its small car Kwid-0.8 litre and 1 litre, which has been specially made for this market and the biggest volume grosser.

Despite media reports that Kwid is facing some headwinds, Sawhney said the “car is selling as per expectation, in fact exceeding our expectation of 8,000-10,000 units in all the seven months of 2017. In fact in most of the months, we have crossed 10,000 units. Together, we have sold around 58,000 units so far in 2017. We were the seventh largest carmaker here and still continues to be now.

“We have completed a little over five years but we are already the No. 1 European car brand here. We’ve a long-term commitment to this market and will continue to aggressively ramp up our network and build on our product offensive strategy to drive volumes. We still stick to our target of being the among the top five players by 2020,” he said.

In this regard he also said the company has already opened 300 outlets, making it the fastest network ramp-up in the country and will have 20 more by December. “Our network expansion is more focused on small towns. For instance we opened 10 outlets on a single day in Kerala taking the overall number 30 in the Southernmost state,” Sawhney added.

On the new launch he said, the Captur has a sensual crossover French design which is a unique vehicle class, clearly reflecting our new global design DNA. The Captur will have features like projector headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs, large front grille and alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the crossover will have a 7-inch touch screen compatible with Bluetooth, USB and AUX apart from steering mounted controls, automatic climate control and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

[“Source-livemint”]