Hyundai has confirmed that the new generation Creta will be launched in India on 17 March 2020. The carmaker has also released interior design sketches of the updated Creta. The second-generation Hyundai Creta made its India debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The interior sketches of the new Creta confirm that the cabin will get a dual-tone beige-black scheme, like the current version. As was expected, the dashboard design has received a complete overhaul, but it doesn’t feature a floating-type infotainment system, like some of the newly-launched Hyundai cars -- Grand i10 Nios and Xcent. The Creta’s will feature an in-dash infotainment system that appears to be bigger than the current model’s 7-inch unit. The air-con controls will be positioned below the infotainment system. The other key design highlight is the new four-spoke steering wheel, which is not on offer on any Hyundai car in India at the moment. The steering wheel is a flat-bottom unit and will get leather wrapping in some variants if not all. The new Creta’s instrument cluster appears to be a three-part unit and might be semi-digital as well.
In the image that shows the cabin from a wide angle, it is clear that the new Creta will continue to be a five-seat compact SUV. The rear seat will feature three adjustable headrests. Rear AC vents and sliding front armrest are two other features that are evident from the design sketch. We expect these features to make way into the production model as well.
Hyundai will offer the new Creta with both petrol and diesel engine options, and both the engines will be available with a manual as well as an automatic transmission option. The official sketches are made keeping the automatic transmission in mind. The central tunnel that originates from under the touchscreen infotainment system houses a closed storage space as well. Given that Hyundai offers wireless charging facility for smartphones in its current models, we expect the Creta to feature the same. While the sketches don’t reveal it, but Hyundai has confirmed that the new Creta will get a panoramic sunroof, a first-in-segment feature.
As far as its engine options are concerned, expect the Creta to come with the same powertrains as the Seltos -- the Kia compact SUV that shares its platform with the Creta. So a 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine are expected to be on offer. Expect the Creta to be priced in the Rs. 10.0 to 18.0 lakh price bracket. It will rival the likes of the Kia Seltos and Nissan Kicks in India. It will continue to rival similarly priced mid-size SUVs like Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 as well.