This is the all new Hyundai Creta and it looks similar to the Santa Fe. Official images have been published and pre-orders have begun.

The official premiere of the brand new Hyundai Creta crossover will take place only on January 16 in India, but the company did not keep the intrigue until the end: the car has already been declassified. Moreover, images of both the exterior and interior were published.

In both cases, it’s a big surprise.. As for the design, the new Creta will receive “pixel” lighting technology in the spirit of the new Santa Fe. The crossover will become both stricter and more brutal.

The driver's seat will also be greatly transformed: following many new (or updated) Hyundai and Kia cars, the new Creta will receive a curved panel with two 12.3-inch diagonal screens. True, this “luxury” will only be available in top trim levels; the basic versions have simpler equipment.

Hyundai promises 19 driver assistance features as part of Hyundai's SmartSense suite of systems. The base will already have 6 airbags, full disc brakes, ESC system. Teasers also show dual-zone climate control, leather interior, electric parking brake, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control buttons.

Three engines will be offered, all with a volume of 1.5 liters.. The top version will have a turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection (1.5 Kappa Turbo GDi). An alternative to it is a diesel engine (1.5 U2 CRDi). And in the basic version there is a naturally aspirated petrol engine with distributed injection (1.5 MPi).

Interestingly, there are as many as four gearbox options! These are: 6-speed manual transmission, CVT, 7-speed “robot” and 6-speed “automatic”. Judging by the Hyundai Verna (this is the name of the budget sedan in India, known in Russia as the Solaris), the basic version with a naturally aspirated engine will have a manual transmission, with a CVT for an extra charge. A “robot” will be combined with the top-end gasoline engine, but the “automatic” will go to the diesel version.

Prices will be announced on the day of the official premiere, but pre-orders are already being accepted with a deposit of $300.