Hyundai Creta is the best selling mid-size SUV in the segment. Due to this, it has been capable of capturing most of the market share in mid-size SUV. It is not a proper off-road SUV like Thar and is only offered in a front-wheel-drive configuration. Here, is a rendering done on Instagram by Akashdeep Chauhan. The artists has imagined the Creta as an off-road vehicle.
It is important to note that this is just an imagination of the artist. Hyundai has not announced or revealed any details regarding an all-wheel-drive variant of the Creta. It will continue to be offered as a front-wheel-drive mid-size only.
From the images, we can see that the design of the front grille is the same but it now gets a mesh grille. The hood is all new and comes with hood-scoops to help the engine breathe better. It is also expected and makes Creta looks more aggressive and butch. Moreover, the lower half of the body is finished in glossy red while the upper half which includes the bonnet is painted in black. This gives a very unique and intimidating look to Creta.
The front lip spoiler is different and the front fog lamps are replaced with red reflectors. The C-shaped LED headlamps are the same as the stock Creta. This is also true for the LED Daytime Running Lamps. The roof, door handles and the A, B and C pillars are also finished in black. There is also thick black plastic cladding over the wheel arches and on the doors. This gives a very rugged look to the SUV. It is running on off-road tyres with different alloy wheels.
At the rear, there is quite a bit of change. The changes include a different two-piece roof spoiler and a different tail lamp. The tail lamp is an all-LED unit and is a lot sleeker than the regular tail lamp. It also has a light bar that goes throughout the width of the cabin. There is also a slightly different rear bumper with a faux skid plate.
Pricing and Competitors
Despite competing in one of the toughest segments, the Creta is one of the best selling vehicles in India. It goes against Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. Because of its pricing, it will also lock its horns against the upcoming Mahindra XUV 700, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.
The Creta starts at Rs. 10.16 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 17.87 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in six variants. There is E, EX, S, SX Executive, SX, and SX(O).
Engine and gearbox
There are three engines to choose from. You can get a naturally aspirated petrol engine, turbocharged petrol engine and a diesel engine. The naturally aspirated engine produces 115 PS and 144 Nm whereas the turbocharged engine puts out 140 PS and 242 Nm, The diesel engine produces 115 PS and 250 Nm.
The naturally aspirated engine comes with a manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. The diesel engine also gets a manual gearbox or a torque converter automatic gearbox. The turbocharged engine is only offered with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.