An image of the second-generation Hyundai Creta has surfaced online revealing the model’s styling for the first time. According to the image, the mid-cycle refresh will get styling cues from the new Tucson that debuted internationally last year. Prior spy shots had revealed that the SUV’s body shell would remain pretty much unchanged, though the heavier camouflage obscured design changes. New images, however, show that the updated midsize SUV will borrow styling cues from the new Tucson.
This render has been created by K Design AG and shows possible changes in the design of the updated Creta. The visual updates are all focused on the vehicle’s front end, which matches that of the recently spied test mule. There are also changes to the front bumper, including a honeycomb-mesh pattern replacing an older chrome grille with vertical slats. There is, in addition, a chrome outline spanning the width of the face above the grille. The air intake vents beneath the bumper also feature a mesh pattern similar to the front bumper.
In addition to being rectangular, the headlamps are positioned lower on the fascia. There is a clearer visual representation of the parametric grille design in this new picture, with the LED DRLs seamlessly integrated. The LED DRLs have revised internals, so do the headlights which continue with tri-beam projector headlamps with different lamps. The sides of the car are blacked out with chrome-lettered wheel arches and doors. There are no chrome handles on the doors instead of body-coloured ones. It is unknown what the rear end will look like, but the recently-released spy photos suggest that it will receive any dramatic change, given that it is the car’s best feature.
The Creta’s second generation is available with petrol and diesel engines in international markets. There are currently three engines available for the Creta in India, including two 1.5-litre petrol engines, a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol one, as well as a 1.6-litre diesel unit. There are manual and automatic transmission options available for the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The turbo-petrol motor can only be had as a dual-clutch automatic transmission. There is a strong likelihood of these engines being maintained. On the other hand, the peppier 1.4-litre turbo petrol mill pushes out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of torque. Transmission duties are carried out by a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, a CVT or a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
Chinese consumers first saw the current-generation Creta as the ix25 in 2019. We have been getting our hands on the SUV for a little over a year now. It debuted at the 2020 Auto Expo last February. We can perhaps expect the facelifted Creta to debut in international markets during 2022, with the Indian launch likely to occur sometime after that.