7-seat Creta will be pitched as a rival to the MG Hector Plus, Tata Gravitas and Mahindra XUV500.
7-seat SUV could get a unique name to help position it as a distinct model compared to the standard Creta
Unique styling elements will also help distinguish the SUV
Expected to go on sale in 2021
The Hyundai Creta went on sale in India earlier this year, and like the original from 2015, the SUV is available in a 5-seat configuration. However, as is known, the Creta family will expand with the arrival of a new 7-seat derivative next year. We’ve now learned that the new model will not be badged the ‘Creta’ but will get a unique moniker. The decision to opt for a different name could be to help provide distinction to the 7-seat model which will be positioned above the standard 5-seat Creta. Hyundai has used prefixes and suffixes in its naming system before, such as with the i10, Grand i10 and Grand i10 Nios, but this will not be done for the new Creta derivative.
Unique styling for the Creta 7-seater
The name and three-row seating won’t be the only points of distinction for the new Creta derivative. The model has been snapped testing abroad and spy pics suggest it will get styling tweaks at the front along with more comprehensive changes at the rear. The redone grille will sport chrome studs similar to what we’ve seen on some Mercedes-Benz models while a closer look at bumper reveals the inclusion of front parking sensors.
From the side, the 7-seat Creta will differentiate itself with its rear quarter glass, which is placed amid the slimmer C-pillar. This version of the SUV will also feature a flatter roof at the back, in order to facilitate more room for its third-row passengers. A completely new tailgate design, replete with larger and simpler tail-lamp units, is expected to give the Creta 7-seater a unique identity.
India launch likely in 2021
The Creta 7-seater is reportedly being readied for a global launch in 2021. Given the interest in the Creta and three-row SUVs in our market, it is safe to expect India to be among the very first markets to receive the model. A late 2021 India launch seems most likely.