Seven-Seater Hyundai Creta will appeal for SUV lovers who would like to drive about with more people on-board; expected to arrive in 2021
Hyundai Motor India Limited launched the Creta compact SUV last July as a response to young generation customers opting towards purchasing big five-seaters instead of compact hatchbacks and sedans. While addressing the growing trend, Hyundai also enjoyed export benefits from Creta as the largest exporter of passenger cars in the country hit a double-whammy with sizeable levels of shipping to South Africa, Latin America, Australia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and some African markets.
Initially offered in 10 different variants, the Hyundai Creta is powered by three engine choices. A 1.6-litre CRDi VGT diesel engine delivers 121 bhp and 259 Nm of torque and comes paired to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission alongside a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel rated at 89 bhp and 220 Nm of torque. The sole petrol engine available is a 128 bhp 1.6-litre Dual VTVT engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission.
In the process of expanding the lineup, the Korean brand added an automatic transmission to the petrol engine in April before a special edition Anniversary model was introduced four months later. The success of Hyundai Creta can be related with the fact that over one lakh examples were sold within a year and in the Indian UV segment as a whole, it is right up there in the top three every month with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Toyota Innova Crysta.
Emphasising safety, the Creta is offered with ABS and EBD as standard while mid variants get dual front airbags as side and curtain airbags, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) are limited to the top-end SX trim. Amidst the SUV segments from top to the bottom ladder are increasingly getting crowded, a report from Autocar suggests that Hyundai has already begun working on the next generation Creta.
It has been rumoured to arrive in 2021 and complementing the visual and interior changes will be the addition of a seven-seater variant. Hyundai will be showcasing the facelifted Creta at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show that opens for press on November 8 with styling updates and it could trigger a mid-life update before an all-new generation graces the showrooms.
The report further said the seven-seat configuration in the Creta will appeal for SUV lovers who would like to drive about with more people on-board. It will predictably make life tougher for Honda BR-V, Mahindra XUV500 and its siblings in low segments that already offer seven-seat variants.