Hyundai has started teasing the Creta facelift ahead of its launch in the Brazilian market. The teaser image shows a pre-production prototype of the Brazil-spec Creta, which is partially covered with black canvas. It is being believed that the Indian arm of Hyundai could introduce similar cosmetic changes in the India-spec SUV as part of mid-cycle facelift. Hyundai Creta would have its debut in the Brazilian market at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show on November 10, while it goes on sale from January 2017 onwards.
Speaking of the Brazilian model of Creta, it was noticed in the earlier teaser images that it is different from the India-spec model in terms of exterior styling. The Brazil-spec Hyundai Creta features a broader hexagonal grille with chrome surroundings. In addition, there are horizontal fog lamps and restyled bumper at the front. Going to the rear end, the tail-lamp cluster is also redesigned and has chrome garnish. The South-Korean automaker is expected to make similar changes in the mid-cycle facelift of the Indian Creta and Chinese ix25. The interior cabin is expected to be carried over from the Indian version, with almost features. The Creta SUV would be developed at the Piracicaba production facility in Sao Paulo.
Mechanically, the Creta would debut only in petrol guise in Brazil. The petrol engine would be borrowed from the Hyundai HB20 family. The 1.6L CVVT flex-fuel engine would develop 128bhp of top power and 162Nm of peak torque. The engine could be offered with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. It is not known yet that whether the company would introduce an AWD system or not. The Indian Creta hasn't received the 4X4 drive system yet and it seems highly unlikely that Hyundai would introduce it with Creta. Just so you know, Hyundai Creta completed a year in the Indian market in August this year, and to commemorate the first anniversary, Hyundai launched the Creta Anniversary Edition.