Next generation Hyundai Creta will reportedly launch in five and seven-seat configurations; to firmly rival XUV500, Jeep Compass
Hyundai has been one of the manufacturers that could easily spread around its ever-changing global design language without upsetting the customers. The Creta global SUV, also known as ix25 or Cantus, made its concept debut at Beijing Auto Show back in 2014 in China before launching there and expanding its reach to emerging markets including India the following year.
Having been available in India for more than three years, the Creta has a sizeable fan following and its alluring exterior can be contemplated to have played a major role in its success. It is unarguably the most popular SUV in India by sales numbers, barring the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and to add more spice to the offering a facelift was introduced in May 2018.
With more carmakers vying for a spotlight in Creta’s territory, Hyundai has reportedly begun developmental works on the new generation model. As previously said, the Creta premium SUV will have plenty of changes in its second generation in response to the growing market demands. It will have bigger proportions and added features along with a brand new styling as seen in latest crop of global Hyundais.
We can expect the design to be largely influenced by the Santa Fe and Kona to a certain extent with eyebrow lamps and Cascading front grille with aggressive mesh pattern dominating the front end. If the new Santro is anything to go by, we can be certain of Hyundai not taking any conventional routes with a mild styling update. Instead, a comprehensive makeover could be in the pipeline with tell-a-tale sportiness.
The new generation Hyundai Creta will more likely offer both five- and seven-seat options courtesy of the increased dimensions, and to address rivalry from upcoming Tata Harrier, India-specific Nissan Kicks, compact SUVs from Skoda and VW based on MQB A0 IN architecture, a sibling competitor from Kia based on SP Concept and possibly from MG Motor as well.
The seven-seater could only arrive in 2021 – a year after the five-seater goes on sale. It will have obvious hardware changes including a new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel powertrains with BS-VI compliance and they will be shared with the updated Verna. The 2020 Hyundai Creta will likely have an expanded range to fill in the place of the Tucson, as the brand plans to make the flagship cover a lot more ground in its next avatar.
This probably means the new Creta will also go up against Jeep Compass. Expect a price range for the seven-seater to be around Rs. 14 lakh to Rs. 19 lakh while the five-seater will remain as the more accessible option for customers.