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Hyundai Creta facelift unveiled; expected launch in India in 2017

Snapshot: Hyundai has unveiled the facelift version of its popular compact SUV, the Creta, at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show.

Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has unveiled the facelift version of its popular compact SUV, the Creta, at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show. Though, it is not confirmed whether the same update will head to the Indian shore or could get slight slight exterior changes. The 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show started on November 8.

The Creta facelift received the most noticeable changes to its front fascia with a reworked bumper that gives it a much sharper look than the existing version and updated headlamp arrangement. The front gets a larger radiator grille with horizontal slats and chrome outlining, horizontally placed slim fog lamps, wider faux skid plate on the lower front bumper. The side profile and rear are largely carried forward from the current version. While the new Cre\ta will now ride the new 17-inch dark shade diamond cut alloy wheels. Plastic cladding can be seen on the wheel arches and at the bottom of the door. The rear exterior styling is almost the same while the arrangement inside the tail lamps has been reworked, reposition of the reflectors at the rear bumper  and fin antenna is also added.

Inside, the new Creta gets a slightly tweaked dashboard with door pads, seats and other parts of the dashboard gets brown colour upholstery. The car comes equipped with a 7 inch infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and also gets an addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, start/stop button, automatic air conditioning system and rear parking sensors.

Initially to be sold in the Brazillian market, the Creta facelift is packed with a 1.6 with 130 hp and 2.0-litre engine with 166 hp, using flexfuel that can run on both petrol and ethanol. While the India-bound Creta will derive its power from the set of engines - 1.6 VTVT petrol, 1.4 CRDi diesel and 1.6 CRDi diesel.

In terms of safety, it gets six airbags, Hill Accent Control, Electronic Stability Control, and ISOFIX seat fixing clamps and tire pressure monitoring.

In the Indian car market, Hyundai Creta has been very successful for the company and became one of the bestseller in the compact SUV segment. Moreover, Hyundai has also started working on the next-generation SUV which is expected to make its launch in 2021 and will get a seven-seat variant option as well.

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