New Delhi, February 18, 2024 – The electric version of Hyundai’s popular Creta SUV has been spotted testing in India once again, indicating that the launch could be around the corner. The test prototype reveals several new details about the specifications and features of the upcoming Creta EV.
Expected Launch in 2023
According to sources close to the development, Hyundai is planning to launch the Creta EV in India sometime in 2023. The auto manufacturer is working on introducing multiple electric SUVs in the market starting with the electric Kona and followed by the Creta EV.
“We expect Hyundai to price the Creta EV competitively around Rs 15-20 lakhs at launch. This should make it an appealing electric SUV option for Indian buyers,” said an industry insider on conditions of anonymity.
Exterior Design and Dimensions
The latest spy shots reveal the silhouette and design of the Creta EV, which looks nearly identical to the standard Creta in terms of size and styling. The front grille has been tweaked slightly with some blue highlights that are signature EV elements.
At the rear, the Creta EV gets some changes like a solid panel instead of a grille between the tail lamps. The dimensions are expected to be similar to the standard Creta at 4,300mm length, 1,790mm width, and 1,635mm height with a 2,610mm wheelbase.
Interiors and Features
The Creta EV test mule had camouflage over the dashboard area, so interior details are still scarce. But we expect a cabin layout similar to the standard Creta. A new digital instrument cluster and infotainment system specifically tuned for the EV are expected.
Some other features will include a sunroof, connected car tech, rear AC vents, ambient lighting, multiple airbags, and more. Hyundai’s BlueLink system will provide smart connectivity options and apps for the Creta EV as well.
Electric Powertrain Specifications
Under the hood, the Hyundai Creta EV is likely to feature an electric motor tuned to produce around 140hp maximum power and over 300Nm of peak torque. The EV is expected to get a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a targeted range of over 300km on a single charge.
“Hyundai has expertise in EVs globally which it will leverage for the Creta EV. We expect segment-leading driving range and performance from the electric powertrain,” shared another source.
Charging Network Plans
Hyundai already has close to 200 public charging stations installed across major cities in partnership with IOCL. The company is planning to have a much wider charging network spread before launching the Creta EV to ease range anxiety.
Hyundai is also offering complimentary wall box chargers with its Kona Electric SUV. We expect a similar offer to be extended with the Creta EV as well.
Major Contender in EV Space
The upcoming Creta EV is poised to be a strong contender in the still nascent electric SUV space in India. It will compete with MG ZS EV and the rumor Tata Nexon EV facelift when launched.
“A familiar brand like Creta combined with practical EV range and attractive pricing can be the winning formula for Hyundai,” forecasted Ravi Shankar, Associate Director at mobility consultancy Lighthelm.
The Creta EV will play a key role in Hyundai’s ambitions to be among the top EV manufacturers in India as the market begins to electrify. This production-ready prototype indicates its launch is now on the horizon.