Hyundai recently launched the Creta facelift in Brazil. It gets a few features that aren’t available in the Indian Creta yet. So, we can expect to see these in the upcoming Creta facelift. Let’s look at them one at a time.
7-inch Full-Colour Instrument Cluster
Besides the 7-inch colour instrument cluster, we can also see that the Creta will get multiple driving modes like Sport, Normal, Eco and Smart. The instrument console will continue with an analogue tacho, fuel gauge and engine temperature gauge. The India-spec Creta also gets these features but the Smart mode is a new addition.
Side Blind Spot Cameras
The blind-spot side camera is a new feature. This one shows the side camera view in the instrument console when you use the turn indicator.
Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning
The Indian Creta facelift could also borrow this feature from the Brazil-spec model. Automatic emergency braking will apply the brakes for you if it senses that you might get into a forward collision. Cars with automatic emergency braking typically also come with a forward-collision warning system. The auto braking works when the system detects no input from the driver even after giving the warning chime.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Using the same radar-based hardware as the auto-emergency braking, the India-spec Creta could also get the adaptive cruise control. Besides maintaining the desired speed, this type of cruise control maintains a safe distance from the car in front and reduces the speed automatically to maintain this distance. If the vehicle in front stops abruptly, then automatic emergency braking comes into the picture to prevent a collision.
Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
The lane departure warning system will warn the driver when the car drifts onto another lane without using the indicator. If the driver doesn’t correct, then the system will apply mild inputs to the steering wheel to bring it back in the lane.
The 350-degree camera is a self-explanatory feature. This will work along with the rear-view camera and offers a great deal of help when parking in tight spaces.
Hyundai Creta Facelift Launch Timeline
The current-generation model of the Hyundai Creta launched early in 2020. High-priority vehicles typically have a 6-year lifecycle. So, we can expect a mid-life refresh of the Creta to go on sale around the first quarter of 2023.
The underpriced Mahindra XUV700 and the MG Astor are posing a serious threat to the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos’ duopoly. The MG Hector and Hector Plus and Tata’s Safari and Harrier almost certainly stole a few customers from these two Korean giants. The Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun are also likely to do at least some damage to the Seltos and Creta’s sales figures.
The Astor and XUV700, though, remain the biggest threats in the near future as they both already pack these advanced driver-assist and safety (ADAS) features. It’s only natural for Hyundai to offer these features in the 2023 Creta facelift to remain competitive in this Rs. 10 - 17 lakh SUV segment.