The Korean auto manufacturer in India Hyundai has been doing well lately in India with some of their latest products like the Elite i20, or the Eon and even the Grand i10. The company has a lot of offerings to counter-attack almost every segment available in the market today. Yet the Korean auto manufacturer has been missing from one of the most competitive segment of compact sports utility vehicles (SUVs) of the country which already has plenty of options available including the Duster, Ecosport and Terrano and also the soon to be launched Maruti S-Cross.

Thus taking this in account seriously, Hyundai lifted the covers from their latest iteration the ix25 at the 2014, Beijing Auto show and decided to launch it in the Indian market. The ix25 concept is based on the bigger sibling ix35 or Hyundai Tucson as known in many different markets around the world and provides a gateway to enter the segment where demands are brimming with each passing day. Currently the vehicle revealed is only made available in the sprouting Chinese market where the demand of such products is going beyond imagination but it was clear that Hyundai will surely target Indian market as well and recently after a lot of testing it was finally revealed in the Indian market. Hyundai also revealed the name of the compact SUV and this SUV will be called the ‘Creta’ which also happens to be the largest Greek Island situated in the Mediterranean Sea.

Surely, this new SUV looks good and also will be made available with the choices of single petrol and 2 diesel engine options, besides being fuel efficient the Creta drivetrain are also powerful as well. For driving pleasure it also gets an automatic transmission beside the manual transmission. The only thing which is bit disappointing is the fact that the new Creta is only offered with front wheel drive.
UPDATE: 21/07/15: Hyundai Launched the Creta in India today with prices starting at INR. 8.59 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi)

Hit the jump to read more about Hyundai Creta compact SUV

2015 Hyundai Creta

EXTERIOR

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The Creta is sculpted following the Korean giant’s latest design philosophy Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, which is lot less fluidic compared to the last generation of design and has added creases on the body to provide strong and more muscular feeling.

The Creta’s styling has been heavily inspired from the bigger ix35 SUV, the sharp swooping headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRLs) placed towards the lower side of the headlamp fills the space on either side of newly designed hexagonal shaped chrome grille which also holds the Hyundai logo in the middle and helps in creating a dynamic view of the vehicle from front. While the two large air dams on either side fills up the empty space and the integrated bumper design with a strong line dividing the upper and lower portion makes the vehicle appear smart, the china spec SUV also has integrated fog lamps placed in the lower bumper area. The lower body cladding forms a strong base around the vehicle. With black base and chrome colored highlights helps in giving the ix25 look rugged, it continues to from a ring around the vehicle which also makes the vehicle look very well-proportioned and helps in reducing the overall mass.

Towards the side profile the Creta will comes with an impressive ground clearance of 190 mm and also big wheels to give this compact vehicle a proper SUV like feel. While you can also notice the muscular wheel arches towards the front and rear which also adds character to the compact SUV.

Towards the rear the broad C pillar might interfere a little and block the proper view of those sitting at the rear seat which is also the problem with Hyundai’s many other hatches including the Eon. While towards the rear you will notice the split taillamps and the tailgate with the fluidic sculpture type design while the roof spoiler and the presence of Black elements in the rear bumper makes the rear profile of the SUV appear sporty.

The Hyundai Creta looks like a smaller version of the Korean auto manufacturers only SUV offering in India the Santa Fe and although it may not look as muscular as the bigger Santa Fe but it surely looks attractive and more like an urban SUV.

OVERALL DIMENSION

Length 4270 mm
Width 1780 mm
Height 1630 mm
wheelbase 2590 mm
Ground Clearnce 190 mm

INTERIOR

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Just like every other Hyundai product the Creta’s interior too looks premium and quite upmarket. The dashboard in particular appears simple with the silver accents and the premium 7 inch touchscreen system available with the top end SX (O) trim, while just on the lower half of the dash you will find the climate control knobs which looks a lot similar to the newly launched Elite i20. Just beside the steering wheel you will find the push button start which too is available only with the top end trim, while the audio controls are also available on the steering wheel.

The Creta offers an impressive leg room for the rear seat passengers, the seats in particular looks comfortable too. However we do feel that the window angle is positioned a little higher than usual which might cause a bit of problem for the rear seat occupants. When it comes to features surely the Creta won’t disappoint anyone because even the base variant also gets rear AC vents, remote locking, a 4 speaker audio system. The top end SX (O) variant on the other hand enjoys from some exciting features like leather seat upholstery, keyless entry and go and 7 inch touchscreen system which also gets navigation system and helps by activating the rear view camera when the SUV is reversed.

DRIVETRAIN

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The Hyundai Creta as promised is launched with an option of a single petrol and 2 diesel engine options which include 1.6 Litre petrol and the 1.4 Litre and the 1.6 Litre diesel unit. Let’s come to the figures now.

The 1.6 Litre dual VTVT petrol unit produces about 123 Ps of peak power at 6400 rpm and 151 Nm of torque at 4850 rpm, the engine has been mated to a 6 speed manual transmission which send power to the front wheels. The 1.6 Litre petrol unit promise to return an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures of 15.29 kmpl. The 1.4 Litre CRDi base diesel unit produces about 90 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 220 NM of torque in between 2200-2400 rpm. The engine comes paired to a 6 speed manual transmission just like the petrol variant, this engine promises to return an ARAI rated fuel efficiency figure of 21.38 kmpl.

The last and the most powerful engine on offer is the 1.6 LItre CRDi unit which produces about 128 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 259 Nm of torque in between 1900-2750 rpm, this is the only engine in the lineup which is offered with both 6 speed manual as well as an automatic transmission. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures are as follows the manual transmission variant promises 19.67 kmkpl while the automatic variant promises 17.01 kmpl.

SAFETY FEATURES

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When it comes to safety for the first time Hyundai does not wanted to take any chances at all and as a result the Creta comes with ‘Hive Structure’ which actually offers a robust but lightweight body structure which also provides strength and rigidity. Apart from that the Creta also comes with six airbags, ABS, EBD and HAC (Hill Ascent Control). The best thing is that all the variants of the Creta gets ABS and EBD as standard feature while the top end SX (O) variant gets 6 airbags as standard.

PRICE

The prices for the Hyundai Creta compact SUV has been provided below:

Hyundai Creta petrol

  • 1.6 Base is priced at INR. 8.59 lakh
  • 1.6 S is priced at INR. Rs 9.57 lakh
  • 1.6 SX+ is priced at INR. Rs 11.19 lakh

Hyundai Creta 1.4 diesel

  • 1.4 Base is priced at INR. 9.46 lakh
  • 1.4 S is priced at INR. 10.42 lakh
  • 1.4 S+ is priced at INR. 11.45 lakh

Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel

  • 1.6 SX is priced at INR. 11.59 lakh
  • 1.6 SX+ is priced at INR. 12.68 lakh
  • 1.6 SX (O) is priced at INR. 13.60 lakh

Hyundai Creta 1.6 diesel automatic

  • 1.6 SX+ Auto is priced at INR. 13.57 lakh

All the above prices are (ex showroom Delhi)

COMPETITION

Ford EcoSport:

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EcoSport launched last year in the market and created great waves in the market. The EcoSport booking crossed every record and the demand swelled so much that Ford could not meet the demands of market and the waiting period extended till many months. The EcoSport is powered by three engine options in India, the EcoBoost 1.0 liter engine is the most popular one with a power output of 125 PS. The 1.5 Liter petrol unit produces 112 PS of maximum power and 1.5 diesel engine spews a power of 91 PS.

Renault Duster

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The Duster has really done wonders for the French car maker Renault in India. Recently they have even launched the 4X4 variant of the SUV although under the hood its the same old story. The Duster gets the 1.6-litre petrol motor churns out 102.5bhp of maximum power and the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine generates 84bhp of maximum power.

CONCLUSION

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The Creta definitely does not disappoint in terms of looks, interior as well as engine because this compact SUV definitely looks like a smaller version of the Santa Fe SUV, when it comes to interiors definitely the new Creta won’t disappoint because it gets the best of Hyundai’s new and developed interior with plenty of equipments to leave even some premium cars to shame. As far as their drivetrains are concerned both the diesel as well as petrol variant promises to offer plenty of power and torque figures while also returning an impressive fuel efficiency at the same time.

Overall this is definitely a tad bit expensive that the other compact SUV’s offered in the Indian market but it also brings with its lots of goodies which are definitely nopt available with other compact SUV’s of its segment.

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Press Release

Hyundai Launches Global SUV- ‘CRETA’

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CRETA – A ‘Perfect SUV’ for the New Generation
• Offers First- in-class 6 speed Automatic Transmission in Diesel variant
• Best-in-class Warranty - 3 Years Unlimited Kilometres

New Delhi, July 21, 2015- Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the country’s leading premium car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter, today launched the all-new stylish, premium and powerful Global SUV - ‘CRETA’. With the launch of CRETA, Hyundai now strengthens its position in the Indian SUV market, offering wide range of products for its customers.

CRETA offers a combination of power and style with its robust body structure, superior engine performance and confident ride and handling. CRETA is set to make a strong statement in the growing SUV segment. Based on Hyundai Motor’s evolved ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design philosophy’, CRETA demonstrates all the essential attributes of dynamism, comfort, safety and style.

Speaking at the launch of CRETA, BS Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said, “We are delighted to launch the perfectly engineered and powerful SUV for the new generation customers. CRETA is a revolutionary product – a true expression of the ‘New Age Hyundai’. We are confident CRETA will strengthen Hyundai’s position in India and will lead a new trend in the SUV segment fulfilling customers’ aspiration of owning a ‘Perfect SUV’. We thank our customers for their overwhelming response to CRETA and strong belief in Hyundai brand. We assure them of our commitment towards meeting their high aspirations on world-class quality products."

Hyundai Cares: Customer Delight

Hyundai vision is to be the Life time partner of its customers. We are always around and near to our customers. Hyundai offers Best-in-class warranty with 3 Years Unlimited Kilometres to all CRETA customers. Hyundai is the first automobile manufacturer to offer this customer delight initiative in the segment .

Strong Body Structure

CRETA is one of the toughest and strongest SUVs in its segment. CRETA is designed with strong ‘ Hive structure’ body shell that denotes high structural strength stability and sturdiness. The ring shaped frames applied at B-Pillar, C-Pillar and engine bay helps to achieve high body rigidity, improved durability and crash performance. The ring frame structure realizes a significant increase in body stiffness, which contributes to more precise handling while maintaining excellent ride quality.

The ‘Hive’ structure in CRETA delivers strong benefits such as:

• High Body rigidity with ring structure design for enhanced structural safety, improved durability, ride & handling and reduced side impact
• Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) & Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) for enhanced body endurance, corrosion durability and lighter body for better mileage
• Reinforced roof structure with multiple cross members for enhanced strength
• Improved crash performance with addition of dash cross members. Use of larger diameter weld joints & use of reinforced side members having Tailor Welded Blanks (TWB) on door panels for improved body strength
• Front end modular structure to reduce the maintenance cost

Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design

Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy carries forward the highly acclaimed Fluidic design theme in a more refined manner thus lending a Modern & Premium touch. CRETA design follows a modern premium look, based on Hyundai Motor’s evolved design philosophy. An SUV with a unique and innovative form, CRETA represents a complete package of style, dynamism and practicality.

DESIGNED TO INSPIRE: Exteriors

The CRETA portrays strong road presence and perfectly embodies the aggressive stance of an SUV in its own style. The triple slat chrome radiator grille makes a bold design statement while the smoothly creased hood, lines projector headlamps integrated with LED positioning lamps, vertical fog lamps, sporty stylish skid plate and dual tone front bumper enhance the vehicle’s stylish and distinctive SUV character. Rising beltline with slopping roofline along with dynamic character lines brings a sporty and aerodynamic appeal to the side profile. The rear profile showcases a stylish dual layered step tailgate design with impactful crease lines.

Below are some key exterior elements:

• Diamond cut 17’’ Alloy Wheels- Best-in-class
• Projector Headlamps
• LED Positioning Lamps
• Static bending
• Roof Rails & Skid Plates
• Door Scuff Plates
• Triple slat Chrome Radiator Grille
• Shark fin antenna- Best -in-Class
• A-Pillar piano black finish - Best- in-class

Smart, Premium and Spacious Interiors

CRETA’s stylish and bold appearance harmonizes well with its smart and high quality premium interiors; achieved by a combinations of high-grade materials. CRETA interiors feature well cushioned and comfortable seats with optimum thigh and back support. Attractive seats covered in full-leather upholstery, exude a sense of modernity and premium feel. Rear seats come with 60:40 split which allows better flexibility and more storage space. The dashboard with its futuristic water flow inspired design and smart ergonomic contours make the cabin environment pleasing and enjoyable.

• Premium Leather seats
• Fully Automatic temperature control with Cluster ionizer
• Mood change bar in FATC- Best-in-class
• Electric folding ORVM- Best-in-class
• Rear AC vents
• Smart Key with push button start
• Steering mounted Audio & Bluetooth controls
• Rear seat centre armrest with cup-holders
• Front console armrest with storage box
• 1 GB internal memory- Best-in-class

Infotainment System

CRETA uses next generation infotainment system for effortless connectivity for all gadgets and devices. The SUV’s multimedia system boasts of 7” Audio Video Navigation (AVN) and with 6 speakers sound system. The AVN system features Advance Touch interface , user friendly maps, video playing and image viewing capability through USB, Bluetooth support and rear camera display. Adding to the entertainment package is an option of 5” Touch screen audio system that features Aux-in, IPOD, USB,MP3, CD, Bluetooth support with Best-in-class 1 GB memory.

Advanced Powertrains

The capabilities of the CRETA are driven by a range of refined, powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines which have been tuned for best performance and high fuel efficiency.
The 6-speed Manual transmission and the first-in-class 6-Speed Automatic transmission in diesel offer a blend of high performance & enhanced driving pleasure

Low NVH

The CRETA has class-leading NVH performance by the use of enhanced sound absorption materials, advanced engineering design of engine, transmission and body structural parts thus ensuring quiet cabin. The NVH has been well contained to barely perceptible levels with the use of dash insulators, anti-vibration pads, sound deadener coating on floor, optimized engine mounts, tunnel area rigidity and application of dual sealing structure on doors.

Hi-Tech Features

To ensure enhanced comfort and convenience CRETA offers an array of Hi-tech features:

• 7” Audio Video Navigation System (AVN)
• 5’’ Touch screen Audio system
• Supervision Cluster
• Smart Key with push button start
• FATC with cluster ionizer and mood change bar
• LED positioning lamps
• Shark Fin Antenna
• Follow me home headlamp

SUV with Power Packed Safety Features

All Hyundai cars are developed, tested and built-in keeping with the Hyundai ‘ Safe-Drive Philosophy’. Beyond active safety technologies, CRETA is built to comply with Hyundai’s strict safety standards, helping it to meet the safety requirements.

• 6 Airbags- Best-in-class
• Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
• Reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines & Sensors - Best in class
• Electronic Stability control (ESC)
• Vehicle stability Management (VSM)
• Hill Start Assist control (HAC)
• Front Fog lamps
• Static bending - Cornering lamps
• Projector headlamps

Variants and Colours

CRETA will be available in 10 variants with 7 exterior colour options.

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