Hyundai Creta facelift 2017 India launch likely next year; To get mild-hyrbid technology

Charanpreet Singh
After the successful launch of 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift in India, Hyundai Motors India Ltd will be focusing its efforts on its best selling SUV – Creta facelift. The company is currently working on the updated version of Creta SUV which is expected to launch in the country by next year. Ever since its launch […]

After the successful launch of 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift in India, Hyundai Motors India Ltd will be focusing its efforts on its best selling SUV – Creta facelift. The company is currently working on the updated version of Creta SUV which is expected to launch in the country by next year. Ever since its launch in India in 2015, the SUV emerged as one of the most popular SUV in the domestic market as it achieved 1 lakh sales milestone in no time. Moreover, the company also launched the anniversary edition last year in order to celebrate the success of the SUV. The company is also set to launch the new Verna sedan which will take on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz once launched. Also Read: 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift spied; India launch early next year

In order to keep the momentum going, the South Korean automaker will be launching the refreshed version of the SUV which will sport styling upgrades on the outside and updated interiors. The new Creta facelift is likely to sport styling elements in-line with Brazilian model. It is expected to carry Hyundai’s signature style family design grille at the front which will accentuate the overall appeal of the profile. The India-spec model could borrow styling elements from Brazilian model which was showcased at Sao Paulo Auto Show 2016. Inside the cabin, the updated version of Creta will also be seen with considerable changes inside the cabin. Also See: Upcoming Hyundai Cars to launch in India in 2017-18: Verna, Creta facelift, Carlino & Santro

The refreshed version of Creta SUV is expected to retain same set of engine options – 1.6-litre petrol, 1.6-litre diesel and 1.4-litre diesel. It is also expected that updated SUV could be incorporated with mild-hybrid technology which will be beneficial for increasing the fuel efficiency. With the introduction of this mild-hybrid technology, the SUV will also be benefited with incentives proffered to mild hybrid model as compared to standard models. Also See: Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017 vs Hyundai Xcent facelift comparison: Price in India, features, images & specifications

Expected to hit Indian market sometime next year, the company is also preparing the next-gen model of Creta SUV which will break covers in the year 2021. Moreover, the new generation model is expected to come in two seating layouts – 5-seater and 7-seater which will assist the company to target wider audience in the segment. The South Korean automaker is also focusing on introducing more SUVs in the market wherein Carlino SUV is already a pipeline project which was showcased at Auto Expo last year. The company is also looking to launch Mahindra KUV100 rival in the Indian market, however, there is no official word about the same.