Hyundai India had launched the crossover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Creta back in July 2015.
The Creta SUV launched in India was basically a rehashed version of the Hyundai ix25 which was launched by the Beijing Hyundai company, China, in 2014 with minor body changes as per the local taste. The same was also launched as the Hyundai Cantus in other emerging markets in 2015. Now a test mule of the soon to be facelifted Hyundai ix25 has been spotted in China.
The images of the Hyundai ix25 seen testing reveal a densely camouflaged front and rear portions. Look deeply and quite a few contours of the freshly designed front bumper at the front does reveal itself. The facelift spotted seems to be resembling closely the Brazilian spec Hyundai Creta that had made its debut in the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show and which is currently on sale in Brazil. Similar to the Brazilian edition, the one spotted in China too should sport the updated headlamp and tail lamp design with further detailing and reshaped fog lamps. The bumpers too are expected to carry even more character with a hint of aggression while new design alloy wheels should also make it to the facelift.
The interiors of the 2018 Hyundai ix25 is also expected to get a new dashboard trim. Hyundai might throw in some newer colors inside to justify the facelift tag. The seats should also get new upholstery keeping up with the current trends while still being supremely comfortable the way it is currently. The instrument cluster might be updated to carry even more features while a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a given since Hyundai has already updated the current lineup with this latest technology. Hyundai, always known for its features onslaught, might throw in new features to in the mid life update.
The Chinese spec Hyundai Creta currently is powered by 3 petrol engine options, a 1.6 litre naturally aspirated Gamma producing 123 hp, a 1.6 litre Gamma turbocharged version with 158 hp and a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol with 158 bhp of power. Transmission duties are taken care by a 6 speed manual, 6 speed automatic and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes.
The facelift, when launched in India, will continue with the existing engine options of 1.6 L petrol and 1.6 litre diesel engines along with the choices of both manual and automatic gearboxes. The entry level 1.4 L diesel engine option too may be continued.