HYUNDAI CRETA FACELIFT MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT GIIAS 2021, GETS MIRROR-FINISH LED DRLS AND ADAS

The 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift has made its world premiere at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2021 (GIIAS 2021), finally revealing in full the changes made to Hyundai’s popular midsize SUV. The teasers had left little to the imagination, and official pictures of the Creta facelift look a lot like the new Hyundai Tucson SUV that debuted last year.

The second-gen Creta’s design has an opinion, and to address that, Hyundai has made sweeping changes to the front end of the 2022 Creta. Gone is the prominent snout and split headlight cluster, replaced by a new grille that incorporates LED daytime running lights, inspired by Hyundai’s ‘Parametric Jewel’ design philosophy.

These cleverly disguised DRLs will feature a mirror-type finish, making them look like their part of the grille when unlit. Also included are new, larger LED projector headlight clusters, a new front bumper, and a brushed silver finish to accentuate the new grille.

While it is essentially unchanged at the back in terms of design, the 2022 Creta sports a mildly altered tail-light layout and a redesigned rear bumper. Overall length has increased by 15 mm with the facelift, but the 2022 Creta remains the same as the pre-facelift model in all other dimensions.

The interiors of the facelifted 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift don’t see any significant changes. Still, it is equipped with the 10.25-inch full-digital instrument display, which isn’t available on the Creta in India at present but is available with the three-row Hyundai Alcazar.

More interestingly, the 2022 Hyundai Creta packs Hyundai’s ‘SmartSense’ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including forwarding collision-avoidance assist (FCA), lane keep assist (LKA), road following assist (LFA), blind-spot collision avoidance assist (BCA) and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA). ADAS is currently not offered on any Hyundai models in India. Still, with the MG Astor marking the entry of these features into the segment, Hyundai will likely bring these to the India-spec Creta facelift, too.

When it comes to India, the Hyundai Creta facelift is expected to continue with the current set of engines: the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol making 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque, a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 115 hp and 250 Nm of torque, and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol with 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque. Aside from a six-speed manual, the engines will continue to be available with a CVT automatic (1.5 petrol), a six-speed torque converter automatic (1.5 diesel), and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (1.4 turbo-petrol).

The Hyundai Creta facelift is expected to be launched in India in the second half of 2022, owing to the delays caused by the global semiconductor shortage and the fact that the current model continues to dominate sales charts. It will rival its cousin, the Kia Seltos, and face renewed competition from the feature-heavy MG Astor. Expect 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift prices to be about Rs 30,000 – 50,000 higher than the current Creta’s, which presently range from Rs 10.16 lakh to Rs 17.87 lakh (ex-showroom).

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