Hyundai India has unveiled its new second-generation Creta SUV in the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2020, being held in Greater Noida. The new Hyundai Creta comes with a completely revamped design, host of new features and connected technology as well.
The Hyundai Creta has been one of the most popular mid-size SUVs in the Indian market for quite a while. However, over the past couple of months, entry of newer rivals in the segment have put a damper on its sales.
Enter, the Kia Seltos. The new mid-size SUV from another South Korean brand was introduced in the Indian market back in August 2019. Since then, the Kia Seltos has taken over the title from the Hyundai Creta and never given it back.
Now, with the arrival of the second-generation Hyundai Creta finally unveiled, will it be able to take back its crown? The new (2020) Hyundai Creta is scheduled to go on sale in the Indian market in the coming months, with certain dealerships already starting to accept bookings as well.
Ahead of its launch, we tell you everything about the new Hyundai Creta and how it stacks up to its cousin and current SUV leader, the Kia Seltos. Before we start off, however, here is a brief comparison between the new Creta and its outgoing version.
The design of the new (2020) Hyundai Creta has been completely revamped. The new Creta SUV now comes with the brand's latest iteration of its cascading grille at the front, flanked on either side by C-shaped LED DRLs which surround the main LED projector headlamp units. The side of the new Creta comes with sharper creases all around, especially on the wheel arches making it look more muscular and sporty than before.
The Kia Seltos, on the other hand, comes with a more premium look and clean flowing lines. The extended LED DRLs over the signature tiger-nose grille, squared out wheel arches and the LED taillights at the rear, all of it gives the Kia Seltos a premium and no-nonsense styling; something which will be liked by everyone.
Interiors & Features
The interiors of the new Hyundai Creta were blacked-out at the time of its unveiling at the Auto Expo 2020. However, our images do reveal that the cabin on the new Creta SUV will come with a large touchscreen infotainment system, which will sit flush on the dashboard.
The interior images also reveal a two-tone faux leather interior, newly-designed steering wheel with mounted controls and a host of new equipment.
The new (2020) Hyundai Creta is expected to receive the brand's latest Blue Link Connectivity technology, with the infotainment system, which also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Kia Seltos cabin feels premium, mainly due to the large floating touchscreen infotainment system at the centre of the dashboard. The top-spec variants also come with faux leather upholstered seats, dual-tone cabin, ambient lighting and plenty of other features, making it an extremely premium place to be in.
The current/outgoing model of the Hyundai Creta comes with 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options. However, Hyundai has decided to completely discontinue these engines, replacing them with the ones on the Kia Seltos.
This means that both the new (2020) Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos will be offered with the same engine options in the country. The engine options include a 1.5-litre petrol producing 115bhp; 1.5-litre diesel unit churning out 115bhp and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol producing 140bhp power figures.
The 2020 Creta could also make use of the same transmission options as the Kia Seltos. This includes a standard six-speed manual available across all variants, a CVT for the 1.5-litre petrol; IVT for the 1.5-litre diesel and a seven-speed DCT with the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit.
Considering the current-generation Hyundai Creta is priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh, ex-showroom, we are expecting the new model to be priced slightly higher. The new Hyundai Creta could come with a price tag between Rs 11 lakh to Rs 17.5 lakh, although exact pricing of the new mid-size SUV will be announced closer to its launch date.
The Kia Seltos is offered at around the same price as well with the base variant priced at Rs 9.89 lakh while the top-spec is offered at a price tag of Rs 17.34 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).
Thoughts On The New Hyundai Creta Vs Kia Seltos
The new Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos have many things in common. Both mid-size SUVs are based on the same platform, translating to similar dimensions as well. However, the final verdict will have to be saved for a later stage, once we get our hands on the new Hyundai Creta. Stay tuned for more.