2022 Hyundai Creta facelift teased; expected to be unveiled soon


Hyundai will take the wraps off the much-awaited Creta facelift sometime next month. The updated SUV will go on sale in Indonesia first as the brand's first locally built SUV. A first teaser released by Hyundai gives us a fair idea on what to expect from the refreshed Creta. We tell you more about it.

  • Creta facelift to get front looks like Tucson and Santa Cruz
  • Expected two seating options
  • India launch to take place sometime next year.

Hyundai Creta facelift: what does the teaser confirm?

The refreshed Creta has been spotted on test many times in Indonesia and Korea and the teaser confirms that the model will get an all-new front design which will now bring it more in-line with the newer models like the latest-gen Tucson (yet to come to India) and the recently revealed Santa Cruz pickup sold overseas.

As part of the mid-cycle update, the new Creta will get more rectangular headlamps, positioned a tad lower than before. The new grille design, which Hyundai calls as "parametric grille" takes centerstage and blends seamlessly with the front fascia and the bumper.  The teaser does not confirm whether the new Creta will get the Tucson's half-mirror type LED daytime running lamps that are only visible when switched on, and appear to be an extension of the grille when they are not lit.  We expect some interior upgrades and more features on the updated Creta along with a few styling tweaks at the back as well.

Additionally, sources tell us that the Creta facelift in Indonesia will come with passive safety tech like ADAS, atleast on the higher variants. 

Hyundai Creta facelift: engine details for Indonesia

With the first market being Indonesia, expect Hyundai to introduce the Creta with a 1.5-liter petrol engine only. We dont expect Hyundai to introduce a Creta diesel for the Indonesian domestic market.

Hyundai Creta facelift: likely to get two seating configurations in Indonesia

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Creta for Indonesia will be offered with either a five or a seven seat layout. The five-seat variant will have similar cabin space as the one sold globally but the seven seat Creta will be a unique product, as it will have no change in dimensions but will come with a small bench seat in the third row, similar to the setup seen on the seven-seat Sonet that is sold there. For India, we will continue to get the Alcazar which is an extended version of the Creta with three row of seats.

Hyundai Creta facelift: India launch timeline

The current-gen Creta initially debuted in 2019 as the ix25 in China, with the India-spec SUV debuting at the 2020 Auto Expo last February, making the SUV a little over a year old for our market. While the refreshed car will go on sale in the Indonesian markets first, an India launch is still some time away and can be expected only in the latter half of next year.  The updated Creta for India will most likely share the similar looks as the one that will be revealed soon but we expect the India-spec SUV to get more features and even inclusion of passive tech like ADAS to name a few.

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