The next-gen Hyundai Creta will have sharp looks, powerful-yet-frugal engines, and impressive list of features. The last one, it seems, is set to be segment-leading.
With launch date set for March 17, 2020, the next-gen Hyundai Creta is ready to help the brand regain its market position as the best-selling SUV in India. The South Korean manufacturer has decided to lend the Creta a lot of premium features, the highlight of which will be the new ‘smart’ panoramic sunroof.
Next-gen Hyundai Creta comes with a voice-controlled panoramic sunroof
In the official features list of the new-generation Hyundai Creta, we get the latest version of 'BlueLink’ connectivity. With BlueLink, the car can respond to various voice commands by the user. The sunroof can also be opened or shut using voice commands, which is a feature usually not available in cars even a few segments above! There is, however, one rival of the Creta that offers this feature.
MG Hector, the Chines-owned-British brand's first offering for India, was the first car in the country to be marketed with connected car technology. As such, you also get a voice-controlled sunroof on the Hector. The current-generation Creta also has an electric sunroof, but it is controlled by the switchgear in the car. Same goes for other premium SUVs, like Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier, and even Kia Seltos. This would also mean that the Creta would offer better equipment than its Kia-badged cousin, making it a more premium offering. This is in contrast with the global positioning of both the SUVs. That, however, wouldn’t be the case when the Seltos receives a facelift, either next year or a year after.
Hyundai expects the next-gen Creta to regain its best-seller position
Other than that, the next-gen Creta will be borrowing its powerplants from the Seltos. There will be three engine options. The first is a 1.5-litre petrol motor with 115 PS and 144 Nm of max power and torque, respectively. The second one is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor that produces 115 PS and 250 Nm. Both these engines will be offered with two transmission options- a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque-convertor automatic. The third option is a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol petrol mill that generates 140 PS and 242 Nm, and will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.