The Hyundai's popular compact family car, the Creta, has received a facelift and will be launched in South African in either July or August 2018.
Since its introduction in early 2017, the Creta has found favour in the market thanks to its solid value proposition: It's a spacious, well equipped and -made product. It was a finalist in its category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank and just last month, 700 Cretas were sold. For 2018, Hyundai has facelifted the Creta and the changes are considerable.
From information sourced from Hyundai India, we've been able to work out that the engines have been carried over from the previous generation model, but the diesel motor's torque band is now wider and maximum torque comes at lower engine speeds. For the record, there's a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol motor with 90 kW and 150 Nm and a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 94 kW and 260 Nm. A choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox (although in South Africa the turbodiesel flagship is available exclusively with the latter).
At first glance, you can immediately spot the design changes, although Hyundai South Africa has emphasised that vehicles destined for the local market will not look identical to the cars pictured here. There are new-look headlamps, a redesigned radiator grille, new bumpers, skid plates, LED daytime running lights and new 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has not changed dramatically; it is currently equipped with a locally sourced touchscreen setup (radio, MP3, auxiliary-, iPod and USB inputs, RDS, Bluetooth and satnav), rear park assist with reverse-view camera, electrically folding side mirrors, aircon and leather trim, which we expect to remain the case, however we have learned that cruise control is likely to be added to the Executive spec when the facelift model goes on sale locally. ISOfix child seat anchorage points, ventilation outlets, cupholders in the armrest and a 60:40-split seatback will feature at the rear.
We'll have to wait and see what, if any, other new features the South African-spec Cretas come with, but overseas Hyundai has introduced some convenience features in the form of a smart key band, which incorporates a fitness tracker, an electric sunroof, a wireless phone charger and electrically-adjustable driver's seat.