With Tucson-inspired styling and a simple cabin, what's not to like?
If you don't know what the Hyundai Creta is, we don't blame you. It's a crossover similar in size to the Hyundai Venue and it was designed for so-called emerging markets like India and South Africa, despite the fact that it was named after the small Greek island of Crete. The point is that this car has been around since 2015, and although it has been refreshed and restyled to good effect a couple of times, it's now time for the little SUV to become more like its premium brethren. To that end, Hyundai has now revealed design sketches of the crossover, which will be launched in places like Indonesia very soon.
Clearly, the new Creta will draw heavily from the design of the Tucson, an award-winning SUV with gorgeous design traits, for an SUV at least. At the rear, the Creta will retain its J-shaped lighting elements but in a new housing that makes the crossover look lower and wider rather than the vertical taillamps of the existing model. The Tucson's clearly defined wheel arches will also have some influence on the Creta, but it's the Parametric grille with its individual lithing clusters that will make the most impact and add to the premium feel that this vehicle is aiming to pull off.
Inside will be far less revolutionary, with the sketches revealing a simple dash design, an uncluttered steering wheel, and a dash-mounted infotainment display with a modest size. This display appears to retain knobs for volume and tuning, which is always a welcome sight. The climate control system will also be operated manually, and for a budget-friendly family car where you want everything to just work and do so simply, this is great to see. Five- and seven-seat versions are said to be offered, but we'll have to wait for next year to confirm this.
Hyundai has been lauded for designing some spectacular cabins of late, but it's nice to see that the Korean automaker still understands what buyers in each market want.