The Hyundai Creta, one of the highest-selling SUVs in India ever since it was updated, is getting a mid-life facelift and we are hyped about it. It is definitely early for a facelift, but the current model in India made its global debut in 2019. Hyundai has been releasing teaser images and videos to keep us hooked to this car’s launch. Here is what we could derive from the teasers of the 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift and what to expect.

  1. Design & Exterior

    The mid-life facelift of the Hyundai Creta will receive the most updates in the design, especially the front. It is inspired by Hyundai’s new Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy that can already be seen on the new-gen Tucson. The front grille is completely revised and features a ” parametric jewel ” pattern that has LED DRLs on both sides that look like they are a part of the grille when unlit. The headlights are now vertically stacked and are located lower down, just above the bumper. At the sides and the back, everything largely remains the same with a few minor tweaks to the taillights and the tailgate design.

  2. Engines & Transmission

    Hyundai-Creta Engine
    Hyundai Creta Engine

    The engine and transmission options are expected to be the same as the existing models. This includes 2 petrol and 1 diesel engine. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine provides an output of 114 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque and comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT as the automatic option. The other petrol unit is the turbocharged 1.4-liter GDi engine which spits out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque. This engine has only one transmission option which is a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. And a diesel engine in the same avatar makes 114 bhp and 250Nm of torque that comes mated with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter.

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  3. Features & Interior

    2022 Hyundai Creta facelift
    2022 Hyundai Creta facelift interiors | Image Credits: Rushlane

    Most of the features are expected to be carried over as the current-gen has a really long list already. Apart from that, you can expect other features like the updated all-digital unit as shown in the teaser above that adapts its interface based on the drive mode selected. The infotainment system is speculated to receive an update that makes it larger and now comes with 10.25-inches as already seen on the Hyundai Alcazar. Other features like Bose premium sound, panoramic sunroof, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, ventilated seats will be carried over. It is also speculated to be equipped with ADAS functions to put up a fight against its current rivals.

  4. Launch Timeline

    2022 Hyundai Creta | Credits: Rushlane

    The 2022 Hyundai Creta will be unveiled next month during the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2021 which will be held from 11th to 15th November. It will first be launched in Indonesia as it is currently made in the same country and will soon make its way to other countries like South Korea and other Asian markets in the first half of 2022. Its India release is planned for the second half of 2022 as it does not want to hinder the dominance of the current model in the country right now.

  5. Rivals In India

    MG Astor
    MG Astor

    The Creta’s arch-rival will always be its cousin the Kia Seltos, but there is a new player in town that poses a major threat to both. The MG Astor is loaded to the teeth and technically has better features and safety technology being offered in the same price range. This makes it a sweeter deal but Hyundai has its second-largest network coverage of sales and service to back it up, so the results will be interesting, although, with the current trend, Hyundai has the upper hand. Another set of players are the VW Taigun and Skoda Kushaq cousins. We feel Hyundai has the upper hand when it comes to engine options as it is the only manufacturer to provide a diesel engine in the segment.

We feel the update will only increase the sales of the Creta and there is little to doubt that. Hyundai’s plan to keep the consumers interested is working and we can’t help but fall for it. One thing we would like Creta to improve is the safety factor. Although it has not been crash-tested, the Kia Seltos with the same underpinnings scored a dismal 3-star rating. Hopefully, this is improved on the new Creta that is speculated to come with Level 2 ADAS functions.

What do you guys think of the updated Creta and would you prefer it over its rivals? If so, why?

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