The new-generation Hyundai Creta is a brand new model in India barely a year into sales, but the model is fast approaching its first comprehensive update in the Chinese market. The model goes by the name Hyundai ix25 in China and was launched there in 2019. The facelifted version will arrive on the market sometime next year. The 2023 Hyundai Creta Facelift is expected to get styling and feature upgrades and recently began road trials, with the new spy shots giving us a brief glimpse of what we can expect from the model.
The 2022 Hyundai Creta facelift test mules show an identical body shell as the current version. But you do see some comprehensive changes to the front. Hyundai could bring the revised design more on the lines of the Sensuous Sportiness theme. The design language made its debut on the new-generation Hyundai Tucson in the US and was also seen on the Santa Cruz pick-up truck recently. The same is now confirmed for the Creta and this makes the Creta much better than the current version, pointing towards more success it will garner very likely.
Not just the grille but the LED DRLs and the headlamp positioning is revised with a part of the DRL integrated into the grille itself. It gets a half-mirror type effect that makes the LEDs concealed unless turned on. The split headlamp design will remain the same but will get a slimmer LED DRL on top while the lower headlamp is larger. We’d also like to see changes to the rear for a cleaner taillight design. The current tailgate and lights look out of place, which has been at the receiving end of some polarising reviews.
The cabin could also see a nip and tuck while the feature list is expected to grow longer as it does with all Hyundai cars worldwide. On the engine front, the 2022 Hyundai ix25 facelift is likely to continue using the existing engine options in China but the company could introduce mild-hybrid technology and even active driving assistance features to make the car safer. There’s no official confirmation about the same though.
The Hyundai ix25 facelift is likely to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April next year, hitting the markets soon after. The updates will eventually roll out to other markets including India in the later years. We expect the new-generation Creta facelift to arrive around 2023 or 2024 that will help the model stay relevant against rivals like the Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the likes.
Meanwhile, Hyundai India is readying to introduce the Alcazar three-row SUV based on the new-generation Creta in June this year. The model was slated to arrive in May 2021 but was delayed to the second wave of the pandemic. The design changes from the Creta facelift will also extend to the Alcazar at a later stage when Hyundai India prepares the facelifted version for launch sometime in 2025-2026. Do remember, the Alcazar is developed in India and will be exported to other markets too.
Hyundai is also working to enter the micro-SUV segment with a new model codenamed AX1 that will arrive in 2022. It will take on the upcoming Tata HBX, Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and the likes. A Maruti Suzuki Ertiga rivalling MPV is also said to be in the works and is likely to spawn a Kia alternative that will arrive either late next year or in 2023.