Hyundai has been working on a 7-seater version of the Creta for a long time. Now, it seems like the carmaker is planning to launch the bigger Creta in India in the second half of 2021. Although Hyundai has not revealed anything official about the new Creta, spy shots reveal that the 7-seater Creta will look different from the standard SUV.
Compared to the standard Creta, the 7-seater Creta features a flatter roof, longer rear overhang, slimmer C-pillar and a larger rear quarter glass. Although not confirmed, it could also get a slightly longer wheelbase in order to accommodate an extra row of seats. Coming to the rear, the 7-seater Creta gets wider tail lamps.
On the inside, the cabin layout of the 7-seater Creta is likely to remain identical to that of the standard Creta. That said, it will feature an extra row of seats. Hyundai might also offer an option of captain seats in the second row.
Features on offer should include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, Bose music system, auto AC, ventilated front seats, powered driver’s seat and wireless charging, among others. Safety features on offer should include up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and electronic stability program.
Under the hood as well, the 7-seater Creta is likely to replicate the standard Creta. The standard Creta is offered with three engine options:
6-speed MT/6-speed AT
Since the 7-seater Creta will be heavier than the 5-seater model, Hyundai might not offer the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine on the 7-seater Creta. Instead, the 1.4-litre turbo could be the only petrol engine on offer. Also, Hyundai might also offer a 6-speed MT with the turbo petrol engine similar to what the Kia Seltos gets.
Prices of the 7-seater Creta are expected to start a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the standard Creta. The 2020 Creta is priced from Rs 9.81 lakh to Rs 17.32 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Once launched, the 7-seater Creta will take on likes of the MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Gravitas (7-seater Harrier).