2020 Hyundai Creta Inbound; Likely To Be...
- Jun 14, 2019
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With sales figures reaching the four-digit mark every month, the Hyundai Creta is one of the best selling cars in India. A unique blend of style, features and premium flair has helped it become a runaway hit. But with new players like the Kia Seltos and the MG Hector making their debuts, Hyundai is planning on solidifying the Creta’s position with the all-new model destined for a launch by mid-2020.
1. Engines and Platform
The all-new Hyundai Creta will share its powertrain and chassis with the Kia Seltos, which will be launched on August 22. The engine options include a 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel. The 1.5-litre diesel makes 115PS and 250Nm of peak torque. These figures, in comparison to the current Creta’s 1.6-litre mill (128PS/260Nm) seem to be on the lower side, but expect Hyundai to offer the same engine in a higher state of tune in the new Creta. The 1.4-litre engine produces a healthy 140PS and 242Nm, while the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is good for 115PS and 144Nm. The Seltos in India will be available with four gearbox options - 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT, CVT and a 7-speed DCT.
By offering the engines from the Seltos, Hyundai will be able to make the switch to BS6-compatible engines without spending extra on updating existing engines. On top of this, 1.5-litre engines will also help Hyundai save on taxes, as diesel engines larger than 1500cc attract 48 per cent GST. This will therefore help them to keep costs in check and price the Creta competitively. That said, the new Creta will be positioned above the Seltos and will be a premium offering from the Korean giant.
Even though it is expected to be based on the Seltos, we still have to wait to find out how it will look like for the Indian market. Hyundai has revealed the new ix25 which is basically the Chinese version of the Creta, and we expect some styling bits to be carried over from it.
3. Connected Features
The next-gen Creta will get a host of impressive features with the most important one being the connected car tech. The Venue was the first car from Hyundai to offer connected features. Called BlueLink, the system offers 33 features, of which 10 are exclusive to the Indian market. Head here to read more about the various connected features in the Venue.
4. Launch Date
Hyundai is planning to introduce the second generation Creta in India next year. It is likely to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, with a possible launch by March that year. Hyundai might also launch a seven-seat version of the SUV to take on the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and the seven-seat Tata Harrier.
The 2020 Creta is expected to carry a price premium over the current model which is priced from Rs 9.60 to Rs 15.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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