2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Launched in 2015, the Creta became a runaway success for Hyundai selling 1.5 lakh units in less than two years. It also won the Indian Car of the Year 2015 trophy among other accolades. While the C2-segment SUV is barely two years old in India, a facelift is in the works. The upcoming 2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift could resemble the model that went on sale in Brazil in January 2017 or borrow from the China-spec model that was spotted in May 2017. Quite obviously, Hyundai is yet to comment on Hyundai Creta facelift Launch in India as it will affect the sales of the current model. However, multiple reports suggest the new model Creta will break cover in 2018.
Hyundai Creta – Overview
Launched in 2015, the Creta has been consistently averaging around 7,000 units a month making it the segment leader. It is also the most affordable Hyundai SUV currently on sale. Hyundai in April 2017 introduced new variants of the Creta offering a dual tone paint scheme and an updated 7 inch touchscreen unit. The SUV is available with a 1.6 L Petrol with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. Diesel options include a 1.4 L mated to a 6-speed manual and a 1.6 L mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Launch in India
|Model Name||Launch Date (expected)|
|Hyundai Creta Facelift||Mid 2018|
The launch of the new model Creta could take place by mid-2018 coinciding with the 3rd Anniversary of the popular SUV in India.
The facelift spotted testing in China, where the Creta is sold as Hyundai ix25, is slightly different in terms of styling compared to the Brazil-spec Creta. It features a different grille with softer changes to the bumper. Which one the India-bound Creta facelift resembles more remains to be seen.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Price in India
|Variant||Ex-Showroom Price (Estimated)|
|Base Model||Rs. 9.20 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs. 15.00 lakh|
With the introduction of GST July 1, 2017 onwards, the Creta witnesses a big reduction in price. Although recent facelifts from Hyundai have seen a reduction in starting price, Hyundai might not feel the need to do so with the Creta as it is the segment leader. Expect prices to fall in the Rs. 9-14 lakh bracket. Here’s the full Hyundai Creta price list for reference:
Hyundai Creta post-GST price in INR (ex-showroom Delhi)
|Hyundai Creta variant
|1.6L Dual VTVT 6MT E||9,28,547||8,92,242|
|1.6L Dual VTVT 6MT E+||9,99,900||9,59,000|
|1.6L Dual VTVT 6MT SX+||11,97,393||11,51,214|
|1.6L Dual VTVT 6MT SX+ (Dual Tone)||12,35,441||11,87,151|
|1.6L Dual VTVT 6AT SX+||12,99,914||12,48,485|
|1.4L CRDi 6MT E+||9,99,900||9,79,000|
|1.4L CRDi 6MT S||11,33,808||11,09,482|
|1.4L CRDi 6MT S+||12,24,488||11,98,417|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6AT S+||13,70,288||13,12,681|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6MT SX||12,50,337||11,96,838|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6MT SX+||13,50,245||12,92,211|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6MT SX+ (Dual Tone)||13,88,291||13,28,147|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6MT SX (O)||14,56,615||13,93,580|
|1.6L CRDi VGT 6AT SX+||14,63,685||14,00,015|
Hyundai Creta will continue to rival the current small SUVs/crossovers available in India –
- Renault Duster
- Honda BR-V
- Maruti S-Cross
- Nissan Terrano
- Renault Captur
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Specifications
|2018 Hyundai Creta Petrol|
|Engine||1.6 L Petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual/6-speed AMT|
|Estimated Mileage||15-16 KMPL|
Engine options for the Creta are likely to remain the same. The tables here show specifications of the model currently on sale.
|2018 Hyundai Creta Diesel|
|Engine||1.4 L Diesel/1.6 L Diesel|
|Power||90 PS/128 PS|
|Torque||22.4 kgm/26.5 kgm|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual/6-speed Manual or 6-speed Automatic|
|Estimated Mileage||21-22 KMPL/19-20 KMPL|
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Mileage
|Variant||Estimated Overall Fuel Efficiency|
With the engine and transmission options unchanged, the fuel consumption figures may not differ.
Hyundai has been working on mild hybrid tech for its cars. There could be a 6-7% increase in fuel efficiency if Hyundai decides to equip the new Creta with mild hybrid technology. The tech brings in an ‘integrated starter generator’ and a start-stop system. What this means, in simple terms, is that the motor assists the engine when the vehicle is running and utilises the energy lost during deceleration to charge a battery which is later pumped back into the system. It also consists of a start/stop system that cuts in whenever the car is idling longer.
With the implementation of GST, mild hybrids now attract the highest taxes (28% GST + 15% cess). HMIL could either drop the idea of a Creta mild-hybrid or strap it into select variants.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Images (Brazil Spec Hyundai Creta)
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Design – What’s New?
As is the case with all recent model updates, Hyundai will update the Creta in line with the latest design language. Expect Hyundai’s signature ‘Cascading’ type grille design. There will also be a new front bumper with deeper set fog lamp enclosure and shorter fog lamp units. At the back, the tail lamps will be reprofiled and may gain LED detailing. New paint shades and a new twin spoke alloy wheel design could also be part of the model year 2018 updates.
Changes to the cabin, if any, will be minor. Hyundai recently updated Creta’s AVN and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Features
- Cascading type front grille
- Sharper front bumper with deeper fog lamp enclosures
- Updated twin spoke diamond cut alloy wheel design
- Reprofiled glow pattern for tail lamps
- New paint shades
- New upholstery
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Dimensions
|Length x Width x Height||4270 x 1780 x 1630 mm|
|Wheel Type and Size||16 inch alloys|
|Boot Space||400 L|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 litres|
These dimensions are unlikely to change as the 2018 Hyundai Creta is not a full model change.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Engine and Transmission Options
- 1.6 L Petrol with 6-speed Manual or 6-speed automatic
- 1.4 L Diesel with 6-speed Manual
- 1.6 L Diesel with 6-speed Manual or 6-speed automatic
Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Director, Sales & Marketing, HMIL, at the inauguration of the Global Quality and Training Centre in India earlier this year said that upcoming Hyundai products in India will receive new turbo engines and dual clutch transmissions. Whether the 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift is a beneficiary remains to be seen.
2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift Preview
Product Name: Hyundai Creta
Product Description: Hyundai's D2 Segment SUV comes with seating for 5 and a choice of two diesel and one petrol engine mated to manual and automatic transmissions.
The Creta was launched in July 2015 and has gone on to become one of the best selling SUVs in India. The upcoming facelift will be its first and will bring updates to the front and rear fascia.