Hyundai Creta facelift for Russia has two petrol engines on offer
Words: Dibi R
Hyundai Creta has been given an update in Russia making it more appealing for the Russian gearheads.The new update features the first ever AWD setup in the Creta lineup. A 2.0 L petrol engine is also new on this car.
Second-gen Creta had debuted in India at the 2020 auto expo. The Russian Market, however, had missed the generation update then and had to settle down for a mere facelift with minor exterior variations such as refreshed radiator grille and a varied alloy wheel design. The 2021 update of Creta in Russia is quite appealing and as a matter of fact, possesses a bunch of updates that the reigning Indian counterpart misses out on.
Key exterior updates
Unlike the Indian sibling having a cascading grill with vertical and horizontal slats, the new Russian model has a cascading mesh grill that steals a look again for sure. The Mesh grill imparts a rather butch feel to the front fascia. The front bumper has also been updated with a sizeable air dam. It also has subtler skid plates than the Indian car.
Things tri-beam LED DRLs, LED headlamps, stylish tail lamps,, aerodynamic rear spoiler, shark fin antenna, and bumper-mounted trapezoidal fog lamps are identical to those of the second-gen Creta available in India. The new updated version looks less quirky across the board.
The Interior of the new Russian spec Creta is mostly similar to that of Indian Creta. The brown and black interior theme is appealing enough for the style-savvy. Other features like a leather-wrapped D-cut steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone wireless charger, rear USB charger, and BlueLink car connectivity suite have been carried over from the Indian car.
New Creta is available with two petrol powertrains- a 1.6L MPi petrol unit that produces 123 hp of max power and a 2.0 litre MPi petrol motor shelling out 150 hp which the Indian version misses out on. Both the engines are mated 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Hyundai, in the facelift, has given the Creta AWD for the first time in Russia. This would make it more appealing for the folks there as snowfalls are not unusual in Russia, AWD in which case, would be no short of a boon for it offers increased traction on snow.