New Hyundai Creta: What to Expect

2020 Hyundai Creta Ix25 Exterior Static 19 0d24

Hyundai’s popular compact family car, the Creta, is due to be replaced with an all-new model in Q4 of 2020. Take a look at what you can expect!

The images you are looking at here are of the Hyundai ix25 for the Chinese market which is also known as the Creta in other markets, including our own. Naming aside, the ix25 provides us with insight into what you can expect from the Creta when it arrives on local soil later this year. 

Built on the same modified platform as the recently-introduced Kia Seltos and in terms of dimensions, the new Creta stands longer, wider and higher than the current model and its wheelbase is also some 20 mm longer which bodes well for improved interior space. The ix25’s load bay is claimed at an impressive 444-litres…

The Creta's interior is moving upmarket and the new vertical infotainment system is a highlight. 

Key styling features include a bold new cascading grille design that’s now larger and is further distinguished by slim LED daytime running light strips and vertically-stacked LED headlights which give the car a refined appearance. A split taillight design is also seen at the rear. A brushed-aluminium-look skid plate adds some rugged appeal to what we think is a good-looking car. 

On the inside, Hyundai has taken a more upmarket approach and perhaps the most striking feature is indeed the large vertical 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has effectively reduced button clutter as functions such as climate control are now accessed via the screen. A newly-designed, multi-function flat-bottom steering is also fitted as is a new digital instrument cluster. Other key features include a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, electronic park brake with auto-hold function, ventilated seats and a 360-degree camera system. 

Advanced driver assistance systems include Driver Fatigue Reminder (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LFA), Front Collision Warning Braking System (FCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) and Full Speed Domain Adaptation Cruise (ASCC).

It must be noted, however, that specification for South Africa has yet to be revealed and it will likely differ from what is offered in the Chinese ix25. 

Engine Choices

A few engine options are likely for the new Creta and the current 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines are likely to be replaced by an 84 kW naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine and an 84 kW 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine. There’s also a strong possibility that the same 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine found in the recently-introduced Venue will also be offered in the new Creta with 88 kW and 172 Nm on offer. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are also likely. 

The new Creta has been confirmed for local launch in Q4 of 2020 and we will keep you updated as soon as local specification and pricing details become available. 

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