Within less than a month of the launch of second-gen Creta in India, Hyundai has come up with plans to launch the 7-Seater Creta, a segment that Hyundai is missing out in its current line up in Indian roads.
If there's one segment that the Hyundai India is missing out, it's definitely the 7-Seater segment. Creta 7-Seater is in the making to fill the void. As said, the 7-Seater shall continue to be powered by the same BS-VI engines- 1.5L Diesel engine (115PS/250Nm) and 1.5L Turbocharged petrol engine (140PS/240Nm) thus, discontinuing 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine (115PS/144Nm). Both petrol, as well as the diesel engine, gets a 6-speed manual as well as an automatic transmission option.
About the cosmetic updates, the new Creta gets a different Chrome studded grille as opposed to the horizontal lines on the regular Creta, lower fog lamps, new and larger LED headlamps, slimmer C-pillars and distinct headlamp design. The roofline doesn't slope down the rear and extends further back thus featuring a boxy rear end. Since 7-Seater Creta is based on the regular Creta, it should be built on the extended platform that's used in 5-Seater Creta to make room for the third row. According to a news report, the 7-Seater Creta is said to be 30mm longer, 20mm longer wheelbase and 10mm longer rear overhang than the regular Creta. Given its proportions, the 7-Seater third row may not be as spacious as its rivals like Gravitas or Hector. So, the platform could further be extended.
Although it is based on regular Creta, it features a similar 10.25 Inch infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluelink connected car technology and digital driver's display. To improve the ride convenience it supports cruise control, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, BOSE sound system and ventilated seats. Safety package includes ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, a rearview camera and Electronic stability control as standard. Exclusive features of the 7-Seater Creta include a front parking sensor, 360-degree parking camera, and even a heads-up display. It also features a sporty dual-exhaust system in the Turbocharged petrol version. Currently, the 5-Seater Creta is sold from Rs.9.99 lakh to 17.2 lakh (Ex-Showroom India). Sources reveal that the new 7-Seater Creta may be sold at a starting price of Rs.14 lakh and the price hike may differ depending upon the trim. Once launched, it will face the likes of Tata Gravitas, Kia Carnival and MG-Hector.