This year's Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) will be an exciting event. With models like the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Mitsubishi Xpander, and a mystery crossover from Honda set to be revealed, there's plenty of reason to be excited.
But even before GIIAS begins, some of the mentioned vehicles have already been leaked or revealed ahead of schedule. Another vehicle joining them is the 2022 Hyundai Creta. First revealed in sketch form a few weeks ago, it seems photos of the crossover have already leaked on Instagram.
Based on the images, the Creta will adopt a new design language that's reminiscent of the Hyundai Tucson. Inspired by its sibling's more daring looks, the 2022 Creta is dominated by a large grille with integrated LED daytime running lights. It also gets a new pair of headlights/foglights that are now part of the vehicle's front bumper.
The rear of the 2022 Creta has been given a heavy makeover as well. There's a new set of LED taillights, a more distinct tailgate, and a sportier rear bumper. Other design changes include muscular wheel arches, diamond-cut alloy wheels, and black body cladding.
Over to the interior, the Creta will get a more high-tech cabin. It will have a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, an 8-inch touchscreen head unit, digital automatic climate control, and a plethora of piano black trim pieces. Other features that will make their way to the crossover include full-leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, a Bose sound system, USB charging ports, and a push-start button.
Under the hood, the Creta will supposedly be powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four that makes 115 PS and 144 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, transmission options will likely include an Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT) and a manual gearbox.
Safety-wise, the Creta will reportedly come with six airbags, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist. More importantly, the crossover will also be available with active safety systems such as forward collision assist, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, blind-spot collision assist, and rear-cross traffic alert.
With the 2021 GIIAS set to be opened to the public tomorrow, expect the 2022 Hyundai Creta to be there. But the question now is this: will Hyundai Philippines offer the Creta locally? An insider told us before that the company was looking to export it from Indonesia. Hopefully, the facelifted model will be the one that Hyundai brings into the country.