Hyundai has taken its covers off the next generation Creta, sold as ix25 in China. The SUV made its debut in the ongoing 2019 Auto Shanghai. Though the overall profile of the SUV remains majorly unchanged, evident from the steeply raked A-pillar, the angular looks are now gone. In its place, we have more mature and bold design elements.
An all new exterior
Starting from the front, we have a completely new design that is inspired by the recently launched Palisade SUV. The same design philosophy will debut in India with the Hyundai Venue. The SUV sports a completely new, bigger grille flanked by the split headlamp setup. The front skid plates are also re-worked, allowing for a sleek and slim air dam. The fog lamp is housed horizontally as opposed to the current vertical setup. All these elements give the Creta, more aggressive looks when viewed head-on.
Moving towards the side, the wheel arches are more squared-out and more pronounced. Black cladding runs along the length of the car, helping to accentuate the bold SUV looks. The alloy wheels are diamond cut units but sport a new design. While the A and B Pillars are blacked out, the C pillar sports mixed black and off-white elements. This very much helps to break the monotony and is a nice touch. This off-white element starts from where the front door meets the roof and flows along the length to the base of the C-Pillar.
The rear now sports a new tailgate and split taillamp setup akin to the split headlamp setup. A black strip that runs across the length of the tailgate now houses a stop lamp too! The rear skid plate too, is a new piece. While this is a 5-seater version, a 7-seater version Creta is on the cards.
The interiors are revamped and sport a dual tone(black and off-white) theme. The center console now features a large touch screen, as seen in Tesla Cars, eliminating the need for buttons. The steering wheel is a new flat-bottom unit wrapped in leather. It could also feature ventilated seats, now offered in the Verna.
The new Creta will debut with BS6 compliant petrol and diesel motors. The Automatic gearbox could also feature a dual clutch transmission along with paddle shifters. Considering all the updates, the Creta is expected to be priced more than the current model.
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