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By Charl Bosch

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Facelift Hyundai Creta officially revealed with Tucson face

Up front, the Creta is set to continue unchanged with the same choice of petrol and turbodiesel engines as the pre-facelift model.

Shown in a series of teaser sketches towards the end of last month, the facelift Hyundai Creta has made its official debut at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

Debuting less than two years after its initial world reveal, the changes largely centre on the front as indicated by the mentioned drawings, where the facia now resembles that of the Tucson and Santa Cruz.

While unveiled in Indonesian-spec, the mentioned changes apply regardless of the market, and comprise the Parametric Hidden Lights integrated into the restyled grille, a redesigned bumper with a new skidplate, wider wheel arches with black cladding, a new bonnet and newly designed alloy wheels.

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Changes to the rear have been minor.

Less dramatic are the changes at the rear where the light clusters have been reshaped and the lower faux diffuser revised as per the revised bumper. A new bootlid spoiler, together with the option of a dual-tone roof, rounds the exterior off.

Inside, the Creta now mirrors the Alcazar in benefitting from the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, upgraded materials, a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and on higher-end models, an eight-speaker Bose sound system as well as paddle shifters.

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Depending on the trim level, the Creta’s specification sheet has been reworked to include a panoramic sunroof, climate control and ventilated front seats. New tech includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control and Driver Attention Alert.

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Interior now sports an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Despite Hyundai not divulging any technical details, the Creta will reportedly continue as is, meaning the same choice of powerunits as the pre-facelift model, namely the 85kW/144Nm 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol, the 85kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbodiesel and the 1.4 T-GDI that delivers 103kW/242Nm.

At the same time, the three transmission options from before are also set to continue in the shape of the six-speed manual or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) on the 1.5, a six-speed torque converter automatic on the oil-burner and a seven-speed dual-clutch on the 1.4 T-GDI.

On course to debut in India next year, Hyundai South Africa has, at present, not yet confirmed local market availability but expect it to arrive sometime in 2022.

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