- New generation Creta expected in 2020.
- Gets a large vertical touchscreen infotainment system similar to MG Hector.
- Will control/display a lot more features through the display.
The current Hyundai Creta is getting long in the tooth and newer rivals like the MG Hector and Kia Seltos have leapfrogged it in terms of features. However, a new generation of the Creta is expected by next year and some of the features it has will bring it right up to spec with its newer rivals, like a large vertical touchscreen in the center of the dashboard.
Hyundai seems to be pursuing the one-screen-controls-all philosophy that first debuted in the Volvo XC90, and we have to admit that deleting a lot of the buttons has given the dashboard a much cleaner appearance. The central touchscreen also seems to be able to control the HVAC, which has helped to delete physical air-con controls, offer a 360-degree view with the help of cameras, and all the connectivity options one can expect from a product in the segment.
In addition, the instrument cluster also looks like an LCD unit, meaning sat nav instructions can possibly be displayed right in the driver’s line of sight. The steering wheel is a flat-bottomed one with a number of buttons to help the driver access different menus and functions. The spy shot of the Chinese market IX25 (the name for the Creta there) also reveals that the central part of the dashboard flows into the horizontal bit where the gear lever is situated. The freeing up of space has allowed the central AC vents to become horizontal ones now.
The exterior styling has also changed significantly – there is a cascading grille, headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, and more chrome. The new Creta will share engine options with the Kia Seltos which means it will offer both automatic and manual gearbox options for each engine.