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Powerful new variants of the Hyundai Creta Diesel launched

Hyundai India has just launched the Creta Diesel 1.6 in E+ and EX trims. The Hyundai Creta 1.6 Diesel E+ is priced at Rs. 10.88 lakhs while the EX variant is priced at Rs. 11.92 lakhs. Both variants represent a premium of about Rs. 90,000 over the 1.4 liter diesel engined E+ and EX variants of the SUV. For the extra price, buyers will now get the powerful 1.6 liter CRDI turbo diesel engine with 126 Bhp-260 Nm on tap, which is a big bump up over the 89 Bhp-220 Nm outputs of the 1.4 liter diesel engine. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard with the bigger engine, which is also available with a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox on the SX trim. The bigger engine will make the Creta not just a lot quicker but also more competitive against the Kia Seltos, which offers a 1.5 liter, 115 Bhp-250 Nm diesel motor even on its base trim priced at Rs. 9.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.

Powerful new variants of the Hyundai Creta Diesel launched

But will this be enough to pull back market share from the Kia Seltos? Time will tell, given the fact that the Seltos is now India’s best selling 4+ meter compact SUV. For now, Hyundai is doing its best to cling on to buyers interested in a compact SUV by offering a more powerful turbo diesel engine at a relatively affordable price tag. The Creta is also available with two other engine options: a smaller 1.4 liter turbo diesel that’s offer exclusively with a 6 speed manual gearbox, and a 1.6 liter petrol engine with 121 Bhp-153 Nm outputs that gets 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. Prices of the Creta start from Rs. 9.99 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, and a 2nd generation, all new model will be launched in India by the end of next year.

Coming to the equipment on offer in the E+ and EX trims of the Creta 1.6 Diesel, the SUV’s E+ trim gets twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder, halogen headlamps, remote locking, manual air conditioning, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, front armrest, tilt-adjustable steering and power windows as standard features. The EX trim adds LED DRLs, a rear armrest, adjustable rear headrests, a rear parking camera and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with steering-mounted controls. For those looking for a powerful diesel SUV at an attractive price tag minus the long waiting periods, the E+ and EX trims make a lot of sense. In the coming weeks, these trims are also likely to get decent discounts.