Hyundai India has finally unveiled its new global compact SUV Creta at its Chennai production facility in India. Hyundai Creta would be launched in four trims - Base, S, SX, SX (O) - in both petrol as well as diesel guise. The company further revealed that Creta would come with three engines - 1.6L VTVT petrol, U2 1.6L CRDi VGT diesel and U2 1.4L CRDi diesel motor. It would be the first compact SUV in India to have an automatic variant in diesel fuel trim.
Being based on Hyundai's “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design, Creta would be officially launched on July 21, 2015 in the country. Speaking at the showcase of Hyundai Creta, Mr. BS Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said, “The Creta is the most awaited and aspirational SUV of the year and would be a revolutionary product in the Hyundai portfolio. The global SUV Creta will herald a new chapter in Hyundai Motor India’s success story and will set a new benchmark in the SUV segment of India with unmatched capabilities. With Hyundai’s strong vision for India, we will strengthen our commitment to the Indian market with the launch of Creta.” Hyundai India also announced that the SUV would be exported to several other countries after its India launch.
Speaking about the appearance, it has a singular hexagonal grille at the front with projector headlamps and LED Positioning lamp. It would ride on 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. In addition, there would also be a Shark fin antenna. Inside the cabin, there would be an array of exquisite features in form of leather seats, smart key system with Push button Start, 7-inch Audio Video Navigation system, 6-speakers, supervision cluster, electrically folding ORVMs, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, and 1 GB internal memory. As for safety, Hyundai Creta would have 6 Airbags (includes Sides & Curtains), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Reverse Parking Camera, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Hill Assist Control (HAC).
Mechanically, Hyundai Creta would be presented in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by the 1.6L Gamma Dual VTVT engine, which is already on offer with Verna mid-sized sedan. The company claims that it would generate a maximum power of 121bhp with high fuel efficiency. It would be linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. The diesel variants would come loaded with a 1.6L CRDi VGT motor, which would belt out maximum power of 126bhp. The engine would be mated to a first- in segment 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, Hyundai India would offer Creta in a lower power trim with the U2 1.4 CRDi diesel engine. This engine is borrowed from the Elite i20 hatch and it would churn out 90bhp of maximum power. It would be linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox unit.
The Hyundai Creta is expected to be priced in a bracket of Rs. 8-13 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom), while competing against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Maruti S-Cross. The Creta has over 90 percent of localized content and Hyundai India has invested nearly Rs. 1000 crores in this highly-ambititous project.