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EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai Creta 7-seater SUV India Launch Likely By H2 2021


The bigger, three-row Hyundai Creta could turn out to be a more potent alternative to aggressively priced mid-size SUVs such as the MG Hector and Tata Harrier

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  • Hyundai Creta 7-seater is an elongated version of the 5-seater model on sale in India.
  • Thankfully, the polarising rear end of the 5-seater SUV will be redesigned.
  • It could be called the Hyundai Alcazar.
  • The 7-seater Hyundai Creta is likely to be offered with the 115PS 1.5-litre diesel and 140PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines.
  • We expect it to command a Rs 1 lakh premium over the 5-seater Creta.

Despite the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the new-gen Hyundai Creta, launched in March 2020, is off to a flying start. In fact, it has emerged as one of the highest selling SUVs in the country. In a bid to enhance its appeal further, Hyundai is likely to launch the more practical 7-seater Creta in the second quarter of 2021. 

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The three-row Hyundai Creta is an elongated version of the 5-seater SUV on sale right now. It could be christened the Alcazar as the manufacturer has trademarked this name in the country and classified it as an SUV. Moreover, Hyundai has been actively testing the 7-seater Creta in South Korea. 

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While the front-end looks similar to the standard 5-seater model, the rear-end gets a few styling changes for differentiation. The 7-seater Creta will feature a more upright tail gate and will come with split LED tail lamps. Thankfully, this setup looks much better than the standard model’s polarising rear end, which needs some getting used to. The boot space, with the third row down, will also be much better than the standard model’s 430-litre capacity. 

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The interior, on the other hand, is likely to be similar to the 5-seater Creta and that’s no bad thing. Just like the standard Creta, the USP of the upcoming model could be its lengthy feature list. It should retain features from the standard model such as the 10.25-inch infotainment system with connected car tech, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, a Bose sound system, a digital instrument display, ventilated front seats as well as powered driver’s seat. Safety should be covered by multiple airbags, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, and a tyre pressure monitor. 

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The 7-seater Creta is likely to be powered by the standard model’s 115PS 1.5-litre diesel and 140PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines. The 115PS 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol is likely to be skipped here, given that the three-row SUV will be a relatively premium offering. Take a look at the specifications below:

 

Creta 1.5-litre diesel

Creta 1.4-litre turbo-petrol

Power (PS)

115PS

140PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

242Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed manual / 6-speed automatic 

7-speed DCT

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The 7-seater Hyundai Creta could command a premium of Rs 1 lakh over the current model priced from Rs 9.82 lakh to Rs 17.32 lakh (ex-showroom). The bigger, three-row Hyundai Creta could turn out to be a more potent alternative to aggressively priced mid-size SUVs such as the MG Hector and Tata Harrier. It will also fight it out with other three-row, mid-size SUVs such as the MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV500 as well as the upcoming Tata Gravitas and 2021 Mahindra XUV500

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