This month, Hyundai will not only launch the all-new 2020 Creta but even introduce an updated Tucson and a refreshed Verna
After the launch of the Venue, the Grand i10 Nios, the Kona EV and the Aura last year, Hyundai is all set to introduce several new models to the Indian auto market in the near future. The two upcoming SUVs are the second-gen Creta and the facelifted Tucson, which are slated for launch on March 17 and the first week of next month, respectively. The third offering from the South Korean automaker is the Verna which is expected to be launched on March 26.
Next-gen Hyundai Creta
Based on the China-bound ix25, the Hyundai Creta borrows much of its exterior and interior features from its Chinese sibling while shares the platform with the Kia Seltos. Actually, even the motor options are borrowed from the Kia Seltos. The new Creta has been designed according to the Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy, which makes sure that the new model looks more premium and radical than the outgoing model.
The cabin of the new Creta will be equipped with segment-leading features which include a wide infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, air purifier, the latest next-gen BlueLink system, wireless smartphone charging, voice commands, ventilated front seats, powered parking brake and electrically-adjusted driver seat.
The new Hyundai Creta will keep under its hood two gasoline and one oil burners. Specifically, the first one will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit which is mated to a 6-speed MT/AT. The second one will be a 1.4-litre turbo petrol motor which is paired with a 7-speed DCT. The diesel one will be a 1.5-litre unit which is coupled with a 6-speed MT/AT.
Like the previous model, the new Hyundai Creta will continue to compete against the Mahindra XUV500, the Tata Harrier, the MG Hector and the Kia Seltos. Considering the widespread popularity of the Hyundai Creta, the upcoming SUV is likely to be one of the flagship models of the brand in the near future.
In the meanwhile, the updated Hyundai Tucson gets only several aesthetic upgrades which make the SUV look much more appealing. In the front, the new Tucson comes with a newly-designed grille, PENTA LED headlights and a bumper. On the side profile, the new SUV will run on new alloy rims. The rear gets LED taillights and a new bumper.
The interior will also witness some improvements, thanks to an enhanced styling for the dashboard. Replacing the outgoing model’s beige-black paint scheme is a new all-black one. Moreover, the vertical central air-conditioning vents of the previous model have been substituted by new horizontal ones. The Tucson will also be equipped with a floating 8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system.
The upgraded Hyundai Tucson will receive its power from BSVI 2.0-litre gasoline and oil burners which have been upgraded from those on the outgoing model. The new 2.0-litre gasoline burner delivers 152 PS against 192 Nm and is mated to a 6-speed MT unit; the new 2.0-litre oil unit can produce 185 PS against 400 Nm and is coupled with a 6-speed MT or 8-speed AT unit. The updated Hyundai Tucson will rival the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Honda CR-V and the Jeep Compass.
Hyundai Verna Facelift
The third upcoming car from the South Korean automaker is the updated Hyundai Verna. The mid-life upgrade for the C2-segment sedan will be targeted to be one of the direct competitors of the all-new Honda City and will be launched only when the Japanese automaker introduces their new sedan. Based on the Russia-bound Solaris, the India-spec new Hyundai Verna is expected to look much more attractive, thanks to the styling upgrades it receives.
Specifically, in the front, the Hyundai Verna will come with more polishing sweptback LED headlights with U-shaped DRLs, bolder Hyundai’s Cascading grille and new fog lights. The new car will also sport restyled ORVMs integrated with turn signals, a new rear bumper and wraparound taillights. The Hyundai Verna’s interior will also get some new features consisting of the new-gen BlueLink system.
The new Verna is expected to keep under its hood new motors: 1.5-litre gasoline and oil burners shared with the new Creta. Transmission duties are taken by 6-speed MT and AT units. The new Hyundai Verna will take on the likes of a wide range of other sedans in the segment including the next-gen Honda City, the best-selling Maruti Ciaz and even some other slow-selling ones like the Volkswagen Vento, the Skoda Rapid and the Toyota Yaris.