2018 Hyundai Creta facelift
2018 Hyundai Creta faceliftTeamBHP

South Korean carmaker Hyundai has started testing the facelifted avatar of its popular SUV Creta in India. A prototype of the new Creta undergoing testing in Tamil Nadu has been caught on camera lending credence to earlier reports that the model could be launched in India next year.

The new image of the Creta facelift was shared on TeamBHP forum by a member. Unfortunately, the test mule of Creta was spotted with high camouflage, not revealing any detail.

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The new Creta for India is expected to get a makeover in line with the Brazilian-spec model unveiled in November 2016. The new version will get a reworked face with radiator grille and new slim horizontally designed fog lamps. The faux skid plate on the lower front bumper will be wider in the new version and it will be housed in a reworked front bumper.

The new Creta's rear and side profile will remain largely untouched except the addition of the 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels in dark shade and black plastic cladding in wheel-arches at the bottom of doors and bumpers. The layout of the interior is expected to be untouched. The SUV will flaunt an engine start/stop button, keyless entry, rear-parking sensors and automatic aircon.

New Hyundai Creta
New Hyundai CretaHyundai

It is also expected to include an infotainment system with a 7-inch display integrated for GPS, MP3 Player, player photos and videos, USB and auxiliary. The 2018 Creta is expected to be powered by the same three engines of the current models — 1.6 VTVT petrol, 1.4 CRDi diesel and 1.6 CRDi diesel.

While the launch of the new Creta is expected in the second half of 2018, the facelift could make its debut in the country at the Auto Expo in February.