The Hyundai Creta is a global product that is widely distributed in various countries such as India, China, Russia, Brazil etc…
Nonetheless, not all countries follow the same schedule as regards to launches and updates. Though China was the first to receive last year’s second-gen Creta (in the form of new ix25), Hyundai India unveiled the 2020 Hyundai Creta at the 2020 Auto Expo.
For Russia, the first-gen Hyundai Creta is due for one more facelift in 2020 before an all-new model. This means that, in the next 10-12 months or so, Russia will not get the second-gen Creta at least. It is not the first time a company decides to postpone a launch of a new-gen model. India too was on the receiving end of similar strategies, both driven by the OEM’s Return on Investment.
Speaking of the 2020 Hyundai Creta for Russia, as seen in the pictures it doesn’t come along with big changes. The outline remains the same, and so is the overall stance. A revised radiator grille with a checkered pattern and a new set of alloy wheels are noticeable cosmetic changes.
There are no changes on the cabin inside. All interior components from the pre-facelift version were carried over. Furthermore, the mechanicals too remain unchanged. Customers have a preference between 2 choices for the engine. Which include a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine or a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The smaller 1.6-litre motor spits-out 123 PS & 150.7 Nm of max torque. It comes with 2 transmission options, a 6-speed MT & a 6-speed AT. While the bigger 2.0-litre engine churns-out 149.6 PS & 192 Nm of peak torque and is available solely with a 6-speed AT. Customers can opt for an additional AWD system across the range, available with all engine and transmission options.
It should be noted that for Russia, Hyundai manufactures Creta at its St. Petersburg plant locally. The new Russian facelift was released with a sticker price of RUB 9,75,000 which translates roughly into INR 10.08 lakhs.
Shah Rukh Khan had unveiled the 2020 Hyundai Creta at the 2020 Auto Expo for India. It was released later at a starting price of INR 9.99 lakhs. If you find the Russian-spec Hyundai Creta more aesthetically appealing than the 2020 Hyundai Creta launched in India, do comment below.
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