To bank on the rising sentiment inclination towards urban SUVs in India, Hyundai is soon expected to launch the mid-life facelift iteration of its already successful compact SUV, the Creta in our country. Likely to make its debut by the first half of 2018, the Hyundai Creta facelift 2018, with this update, is only to feature cosmetic alterations with all its mechanicals remaining the same as before. It means that the Creta facelift will continue to be powered by the same set of engines which will be offered with the existing transmission options. Majority of the changes are to be concentrated on the exterior aesthetic profile of the compact SUV with the interior too getting a few minor updates. It is rumored that Hyundai has already commenced its work on the next-generation Creta which is likely to make its world premier by the year 2020-21. It is expected, that with the facelift, the Creta is to get mild-hybrid technology, in both its petrol as well as diesel derivatives. However, with the withdraw of the benefits under the FAME scheme recently, along with the higher tax rate according to GST, Hyundai might just give up on this strategy. Also Read: New Hyundai Verna 2017: Price in India, launch, interior, features, mileage – Everything to know

Launch Date: Talking about the launch date of the new Hyundai Creta facelift 2018, the same is expected to make its debut in India sometime during the second half of the year 2018. It could be that Hyundai might just showcase the new iteration of the Creta at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.

Price in India: Talking about the prices of the new Hyundai Creta facelift 2018, despite the feature updates, is likely to remain the same as before. Hence the base model is expected to9.5 lakh to 13.5 lakh start from INR 9.5 lakh to 13.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Also Read: GST Effect: Maruti Suzuki Swift, Baleno, Ignis & Vitara Brezza prices reduced

Engine Specifications: In terms of its engine specifications, the Creta facelift is to get the same petrol and diesel engine as the current model gets. The former will get a 1.6-litre VTVT unit while the latter is offered with a choice of a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre CRDi oil burner.

Transmission: Taking care of the transmission responsibilities is to be a 6-speed manual unit as standard. However, buyers will also be able to opt for a 6-speed automatic unit, available with both the 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel unit. Also Read: GST rollout: Discounts from INR 25,000 up to INR 2.5 lakh on Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, Santa Fe, Ford EcoSport & others

Mileage: The new Hyundai Creta 2018 facelift’s petrol engine is to boast of a mileage figure of 15.29km/l, the 1.4-litre diesel unit promising 21.38km/l with the 1.6-litre unit offering 19.67km/l with the MT and 17.07km/l with the AT.

Features: The new Hyundai Creta facelift 2018 could get a new touchscreen infotainment system, improved safety features  while it will continue to come with features like automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, rear parking sensors with camera among the others. Also Read: Rumour: Hyundai Verna 2017 India launch likely on August 22; Bookings to commence from August first week

Exteriors: The new Hyundai Creta, with the facelift is to get a slightly revamped exterior profile. The changes done are to include a new cascading grille, mildly restyled front bumper with reworked housing for the fog-lamps, redesigned tail-lamps, with minutely restyled rear bumper. basic silhouette of the SUV will remain identical to the current gen model.

Interiors: Talking about the cabin of the Creta facelift, the same is to get no visual changes whatsoever. The only updated we are to see will be done on the basis of features. The Creta will continue to come with the same up-market cabin that comes with premium fabric upholstery and a practical layout. Also Read: Renault Kaptur spied alongside Hyundai Creta; India launch date, price & images

Competition: In terms of its competition, this compact SUV from the South Korean automaker will continue to compete against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Honda BR-V.