The Korean automaker is developing a mainstream EV for the US market. Hyundai is developing an electric Creta crossover known as the SU2i EV. An early prototype based on the conventional variant has been spotted in public for the first time.
There were two Hyundai Creta Electric test mules in total. The test mules are not camouflaged, but there is a visible protrusion from the floor pan. It appears to be a structural member that holds the battery pack in place. Except for the visible floor pan extension and the various body panel colours, nothing about the exterior suggests it is anything other than a standard Creta.
The production model will most likely be based on a modified version of the current IC-engine platform. Because it is almost localised, this approach will allow Hyundai to reduce costs. Tata used the same formula for the Nexon EV, and Mahindra used it for the XUV400.
The specifications of the upcoming Hyundai Creta EV are unknown, but we expect critical subsystems to be derived from the Kona EV. That translates to a 100 kW (136 hp) PMSM electric motor with a peak torque output of 395 Nm.
The battery pack will most likely be derived from the international sibling as well. The lithium-ion polymer unit, with a capacity of 39.2 kWh, should have an ARAI-certified range of more than 400 km. The EV could use aero improvements over its IC-engined sibling to improve energy efficiency.
The new Hyundai Creta EV will make its global debut at the 2025 Auto Show before going on sale later that year. The launch date is like that of its main competitor, the Maruti YY8 electric SUV. The expected price range for the Creta EV is between Rs 20 and Rs 25 lakh.