Hyundai Creta will get seven seats in its next avatar and is expected to go on sale by the end of this decade
Ever since introducing the Creta in the Indian market, Hyundai has been enjoying a solid share in the SUV segment. On course with its popularity, the Creta received a facelift after nearly three years of its debut in May 2018 with exterior and interior updates to keep the existing model stretch its life for at least another two more years.
The second best-selling SUV in India has its biggest upgrade reserved for next generation and is expected to be launched by the end of this decade. First and the foremost point is the second-gen Hyundai Creta will become more premium and appeal for wider range of customers.
Why would Hyundai look for new avenues with the upcoming Creta? The competition in the segment will skyrocket in 2019 as Tata is bringing in Harrier, Nissan in the form of Kicks and Kia’s SP concept based production SUV is arriving in the second half of the same year. It is also no secret that other automakers are indeed contemplating new models to grab Creta’s market share.
Creta has constantly been averaging 10,000 unit sales monthly and in its next avatar will reportedly get seven-seater option as well to firmly take on Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500. On the other hand, the Tucson was said to be pushed even further up the price ladder to sit in the segment alongside Honda CR-V.
The upcoming Creta will have bigger proportions as well to accommodate the additional row and the exterior will draw design cues from the latest crop of Hyundai SUVs sold globally such as Santa Fe and Kona. We expect the styling to get sportier with sharper elements in a bid to further enhance its road presence.
The interior will also see an overhaul in the next generation and powertrain changes are believed to be in the pipeline as well. Hyundai has embarked on a new strategy to expand its domestic SUV and consequently will launch the QXi subcompact SUV and electric version of Kona next year.