Chiselled and sharpened facelift Hyundai Creta officially revealed
Should approval be given, chances are the Creta will only become available in 2025 now that South Africa-bound no longer originate from India.
Frontal styling draws heavily from the Exter. Image: Hyundai India
Teased extensively throughout the first week of January, Hyundai has officially unwrapped the facelift Creta in India as the first major revision the Chennai-made model has received since its debut in 2019.
Different in look to the Indonesian model that premiered in 2021 with the same frontal design as the Tucson, the Creta, as evident by the teasers, now resembles the tiny Exter that sits above the Venue in Hyundai’s Indian SUV range.
Offered in five trim levels; E, EX, S, SX and SX Tech, with an optional safety package available on the S and SX, the evolution of Hyundai’s Sensual Sportiness styling language, plus Exter influence, comprises a new LED headlight design in an inverted E-setup atop the new squared-off jewelled grille.
Replacing the controversial split arrangement, the main clusters are connected by a thin full-width illuminated bar running underneath the bonnet line in a look Hyundai describes as “bold, charismatic, extraordinary and symbolic of all things impressive”.
Also, part of the update is a new bonnet, a redesigned front bumper with a chunkier lower satin silver faux skidplate, wider wheel arches and newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels on pricier derivatives.
At the rear, the E-motif continues in the design of the taillight clusters, now laid-out in a horizonal style similar to the Volkswagen T-Cross, and connected by an even thinner LED light bar.
Along with a new bumper and skidplate, Hyundai has added a new bootlid and bootlid spoiler to the mix, as well as satin silver roof rails, plus a silver accented C-pillar.
On the colour front, Abyss Black, Atlas White, Titan Grey, Ranger Khai and Fiery Red are all carried over, along with the two-tone black roof over Atlas White. New though is the mono-tone Robust Emerald Pearl.
Inside, the Creta’s reworkings are just as extensive and comprises an updated centre console, a new dual-zone climate control panel still with physical buttons but with a digital display, a shelf below the centrally placed air vents on the passenger’s side, and more premium materials.
As part of the dashboard having undergone a complete redesign, the biggest highlight is the new dual 10.25-inch infotainment system and instrument cluster derived from the facelift Palisade and Staria.
Standard only on the SX with the safety package, the former, on its own, comes standard SX and SX Tech, but not on the EX and pair of S models that utilise a new eight-inch display. A conventional LCD features on the entry-level E.
For its part, a conventional analogue cluster with a 4.2-inch TFT display is standard on all but the mentioned SX, in addition to an eight-speaker Bose sound system expanded to the SX Tech as well.
Depending on the trim level, safety or updated on the safety side is a 360-degree surround-view camera system, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Junction Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Safe Exit Alert Lead Vehicle Alert, Lane Follow Assist and across all trim levels, six airbags.
Same dimensions, new engine
Dimensionally, Hyundai has not made any alterations and as such, the Creta still measures 4 330 mm long, 1 790 mm wide and 1 635 mm while riding on a wheelbase of 2 610 mm. Claimed ground clearance is still 190 mm and boot space 433-litres with the rear seats up.
As mentioned, the Creta carries over two of the pre-facelift model’s three engines, but not the previous range-topping 1.4 T-GDI that made 103kW/242Nm.
Now residing in its place is the 1.5 T-GDI from the seven-seat Alcazar, known as the Grand Creta in South Africa, that makes 118kW/253Nm.
Delivering the amount of twist to the front axle, as in all other models, is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As for the retained powerplants, both displace 1.5-litres with the normally aspirated petrol producing 85kW/144Nm and the turbodiesel 85kW/250Nm.
Connected to both is a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed torque-converter automatic in the case of the oil-burner.
For the petrol, Hyundai has opted for its in-house developed CVT called IVT or Intelligent Variable Transmission.
Not South Africa ready, yet
Now available, pricing kicks-off at Rs 1 099 900 (R250 370) for the manual-only 1.5 E and ends at Rs 1 999 999 (R455 219) for both the dual-clutch T-GDI and automatic diesel SX equipped with the safety pack,
For now, it remains unknown as to whether the facelift Creta will make its way to South Africa as a changing in sourcing two years ago resulted in it now originating from the Cikarang plant in Indonesia rather than India.
Should approval be given though, expect Hyundai South Africa to only make the updated Creta available either towards the end of the year or in early 2025.