We all know that Hyundai is gearing up to introduce a 7-seater version of the Creta SUV. The Korean marker has already started its testing in our country. It was first spied in December 2020, and now it has been spotted once again testing in Hyderabad, revealing more details about the three-row SUV.
Though the testing mule was heavily camouflaged, it looks a lot like the 5-seater Creta with some distinguishing elements such as revised front fascia with chrome studded grille instead of slats, and beefier bumper. However, the split headlamps setup has been retained. The earlier soy shots have also confirmed the front parking sensors, which are absent in 5-seater Creta.
Moving to the side, the Creta 7-seater asserts more subtle changes in form of new dual-tone alloy wheels, a redesigned C-pillar with a large rear-quatre glass panel, and a straight roofline. It is likely to be longer and taller than the regular Creta with an identical wheelbase.
While the rear section of the SUV is not visible in the above images, the former spy shots endorsed a redesigned rear-end with revised tail lamp detailing and an updated rear bumper & boot lid.
The interior shots are yet to come, but apart from the third-row, it is unlikely to get any other major changes. We believe the three-row Creta could come across as a more prime offering by adopting captain seats in the 2nd row for added comfort. It will also be available in a 7-seater option, comprising a bench seat for the middle row.
In terms of features, it is expected to retain all the existing features of Creta. The highlights include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with bluelink connected car technology, a digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, wireless charger, air purifier, electronic brake with auto hold function, tire pressure monitoring system, 6 airbags, rear parking camera, traction control, ESC, etc. It could also boast some new features like a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, blind view monitor system, and heads-up display (HUD), which are missing in the outgoing model.
Under the hood, the 7-seater Creta will perhaps share two powertrains with the existing model: a 1.4-liter turbo-petrol (140PS/242Nm) and a 1.5-liter diesel engine (115PS/250Nm). However, the 1.5-liter NA petrol engine might be given a miss as it may not be suitable for it. Transmission options are likely to be similar to the standard Creta: a 6-speed manual/6-speed torque converter automatic for the diesel engine, and a 7-speed DCT automatic for the turbo-petrol motor.
Except three-row Creta to be launched by the second quarter (Q2) of 2021. It is likely to be named 'Alcazar' as the Korean brand has registered this nomenclature last year in India. In terms of pricing, the 7 seater Creta could carry a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the current 5-seater model that retails from Rs 9.82 lakh to Rs 17.32 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Once launched, it will be positioned against the likes of MG Hector Plus, Mahindra XUV500, and the upcoming Tata Safari.