Production of the Hyundai Creta compact SUV has started at the South Korean automaker’s Irangattukottai factory, off Chennai. The Creta will be the first compact SUV from Hyundai, and will rival the Renault Duster and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Media drives of the Creta will happen later this week, and Hyundai will launch this SUV on the 21st of July, which is barely a month from now.
Uncamouflaged images of the Creta has now surfaced straight from the Hyundai factory, in what seems to be a planned leak. Incidentally, the uncamouflaged Hyundai i20 Elite was also leaked weeks before its launch here. Coming to the Creta, the SUV will measure over 4 meters in length, a factor that will give Hyundai some leeway when it comes to choosing engine options for its new offering.
Since excise duties are no longer a limiting factor as far as the Creta’s length and engine capacity go, the SUV will feature multiple engine options. The petrol motor is likely to be a 1.6 liter VTVT unit borrowed from the Verna, while the diesels too will be borrowed from the Hyundai C-Segment sedan. The 1.4 liter CRDI turbo diesel engine could form the Creta’s entry level motor, with the 1.6 liter CRDI diesel powering the top-of-the-line model.
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5 and 6 speed manual gearbox options will be offered as standard fare on the petrol and diesel variants of the Creta. A 4 speed automatic transmission option could be offered on both the petrol and diesel versions of the top-end Creta. Again, these engine-gearbox combinations are also offered on the Verna Fluidic. So, it could be a matter of simply transplanting them onto the Creta.
The SUV is sold in China as the iX25, and gets a four wheel drive function in that part of the world, in addition to the front wheel drive layout. In India though, the 5 seat, monocoque bodied Creta will be predominantly a front wheel driven option. The four wheel drive layout could be offered in the top-end variant, as a challenger to the likes of the Renault Duster AWD, and the upcoming Nissan Terrano AWD.
Coming to the Creta’s interior design, a dual tone dashboard, with the Storm Edge design philosophy finding expression in it. It’s a Hyundai we’re talking about here. So, a boat load of features and creature comforts are in order. How much for all this, you may be wondering. Expect prices of the Creta to start from the low 8 lakh rupee mark, going all the way up to the high 11 lakh rupee mark.
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