2022 Hyundai Creta facelift spied in Malaysia – Indonesian-made 1.5L B-SUV launching here soon?

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Creta apa ni? Hyundai Creta facelift, brother. Reader JJ Chang spotted this unknown 4×4 on our streets, and while he didn’t reveal the location, the background looks like Tanjung Tokong. Thais vacationing in Penang like the Shinawatras? No, the car has Malaysian number plates.

We contacted Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) but the dealer declined to comment on the Creta. So it’s safe to assume that HSDM does indeed have plans for this B-segment SUV, although we’re not sure if it will culminate in a launch.

Pricing is always an issue when it comes to non-national, mass-market brands launching new products here. It’s hard to compete with modern Perodua in content and features when you have a higher cost and lower volume. But at least the Creta is made in Indonesia (since January 2022) and can be imported via AFTA, ASEAN’s lower-tariff free trade zone rules. Manufactured by HMMI, the Creta has since been introduced to Thailand.

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The Creta is Hyundai’s emerging-market B-segment crossover, based on the Kia Seltos and positioned below the more compact, European-flavored Kona in the lineup. This is the facelifted second-generation model with a full-width Parametric Jewel grille like the latest Tucson. This means the LED daytime running lights are neatly concealed in the grille, while the main LED headlights sit independently on the bumper.

On the sides you’ll find distinctive fender creases, as well as silver roof and C-pillar trim, creating a ‘floating roof’ effect without the roof being a different colour. Those split triangular taillights are very distinct, even weird. The car you see here has the Hyundai and Creta rear emblem glued on, which is odd as the front logo is bare.

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Looks a bit like the Perodua Ativa from certain angles? At 4,315mm long and 1,790mm wide, the Creta is 250mm longer and 80mm wider than the Perodua, making it slightly larger. The wheelbase of 2,610 mm is 85 mm longer than the Ativa. The Creta’s dashboard has a waterfall design, like the Tucson and Santa Cruz. It’s rendered in a beautiful two-tone tone in this unit, which also has light-colored seats.

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Thai-spec cars get an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, 10.25-inch digital instrument display, Qi wireless charger, automatic climate control with rear vents, and a comprehensive safety package. The latter includes six airbags and Hyundai’s SmartSense driver assistance suite including door open warning. The higher of the two specifications (SEL) adds LED and ambient interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

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Under the hood of the Creta is a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine with 115 hp at 6,300 rpm and 144 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The power goes to the front wheels via an Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT), Hyundai’s name for CVT. In India and Indonesia, the SUV is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Creta costs between 949,000 baht and 999,000 baht in Thailand, which is RM115,749 to RM121,848. What do you think of the Hyundai Creta at these prices? For reference, the base 1.5-liter Honda HR-V NA costs RM114,800, and the range goes up to RM140,800 for the RS e:HEV hybrid.

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tags: Sime Darby Motors

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