Hyundai at the 15th edition of the Auto Expo 2020, unveiled the all-new Creta which at least on its exteriors follows the design language of the China-spec iX-25. But for India, the brand brought in a completely new interior design which we have already reported in our earlier article. Now at a press event, the brand introduced the Advanced BlueLink connectivity technology that comes with more than 50 features spread over 8 categories.
To keep things concise let briefly see what Hyundai has to offer on the all-new Creta in terms of the Advanced BlueLink technology. One of the paramount features of any car in this day and age is its Safety and the new Advanced BlueLink features ACN (Auto Crash Notification) through which, in case of an accident, the car can automatically place a call to the respective call centre which in turn notifies the emergency services or a customised emergency contact number saved in the BlueLink app. Alternatively, the driver or the passenger can also press an SOS panic button located on the car’s IRVM to do the same. The IRVM also features a dedicated RSA button that places a call to the respective call centre who then notify the Road-Side Assistance team, in case of a breakdown. The vehicles smart key features a Panic button that automatically sends out an SMS message to an emergency contact number stored in the BlueLink app. With the long press of the panic button, the vehicle also starts honking and flashing its lights to grab attention. Apart from safety, the Advanced BlueLink app also integrates Security features which can track, notify the call centre, notify the authorities and the call centre can then remotely immobilise the vehicle.
Using the BlueLink app, the user can Remotely start and stop the engine (even with Manual Transmission variant), remotely customise the Climate Control to set temperature for a specific time of the day, remotely honk and turn the lights on/off, lock and unlock the cars door, set the seat ventilation, turn on the Air Purifier, locate the vehicle, check status of the vehicle, check the air quality inside the vehicle and share the BlueLink services with a secondary registered user.
With a Vehicle Relationship Management system the driver can manually check all the vehicles vital systems such as the powertrain, airbags, braking system, steering and tyre pressure which is displayed on the in-car infotainment system. In addition to the manual checks, the car also auto checks all the parameters and notifies the driver plus it generates a monthly health report that includes driving behaviour and maintenance alerts.
BlueLink technology also makes life easy by Location-Based Services. The feature can hand-off the searched destination from the BlueLink app to the car’s navigation system remotely and the same can be requested via the BlueLink call centre by pressing the BlueLink button on the IRVM. It can also search for Points of Interest and provide Live traffic updates, car tracking, sharing the destination, live car location etc. The Alert Services include geofence alert, speed alert, time fence alert, valet alert and idle alert which are self-explanatory.
The Advanced BlueLink tech is laced with Natural language-based Voice Recognition system (Indian English) and can be used to wake up the assistant by using “Hello BlueLink” keyword and the user can also give voice commands to the car to open or close the sunroof, set climate control, set ventilation control, to get information on Cricket scores, India’s public holidays, dial phone numbers, control the media, navigation and get weather information.
The BlueLink system also provides new SmartWatch Services through which the user can remotely start/stop the engine, lock or unlock the doors as well as honk and control the lights. The user can also check the Cabin Air Quality, Vehicle Status and Vehicle alerts as mentioned before. The SmartWatch services are offered across major smartwatch operating platforms such as Apple watchOS, Wear OS by Google and Samsung’s Tizen OS.
The all-new Hyundai Creta comes with five powertrain options and a total of 14 variants along with 10 exterior paint options. The bookings on the all-new Hyundai Creta have already commenced and the car is slated to be launched in the Indian market on 17th of March 2020.