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Hyundai Creta facelift India launch today, deliveries to begin by May-end

Abhishek Samuel

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift will be launched in India today. This news was confirmed by OVERDRIVE last week. While bookings for the facelifted Hyundai Creta SUV had been open at various dealerships in the country since the starting of the month, reports suggest that deliveries will begin a week later by the end of May. The facelifted Creta had been spied testing in camouflage earlier this year and finally in undisguised form at dealerships earlier this month. The pricing of the new Hyundai Creta variants will be announced today, and it may be a nominal increase over its existing iteration. The 2018 Hyundai Creta is a cosmetic update to its three-year-old predecessor and will retain the same mechanicals.

The hexagonal front grille on the new Creta facelift is wider, finished in chrome, and extends to the corners of the headlamps now. Other updates to the front include new fog lamp cluster with LED surrounds, and a faux bash plate

So, what's new, you ask? Refreshed styling inside and out, as well as added features including a sunroof option as well as wireless charging for compatible smartphones. The new Creta gets a larger chrome trimmed hexagonal front grille. The front bumper now has new fog lamp housings and a pronounced chin which merges into the front grille. The rear bumpers have also been redesigned while the taillamps have also received a subtle tweak.

New 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels replace the existing design. The is carried over from the previous car with the only change being the addition of the smoother, grey-themed infotainment system from the new Elite i20. Here is a look at the different variants of the upcoming Hyundai.

The updated dashboard design of the 2018 Hyundai Creta

The facelifted Creta's powertrain options will remain unchanged with the 1.4 diesel (90PS, 220 Nm), 1.6 diesel (128PS, 220Nm) and 1.6 petrol (123PS, 151Nm) being carried over. These will be mated to the 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

The Hyundai Creta has been a strong seller for Hyundai since its launch three years ago and with this update, Hyundai hopes to sustain its momentum in this segment. Its present competition includes the likes of the Jeep Compass, Renault Captur, Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500 with numerous new entrants expected in the next couple of years.

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