Hyundai Creta is the best selling mid-size SUV in the Indian market despite its design which can be a bit polarizing for some people. Here, is a Hyundai Creta imagined by an artist as a Dark Edition. A lot of changes have been made by the artist. The images have been uploaded on Instagram by @trillionerakash.
It is important to note that Hyundai has not announced anything regarding the Dark Edition of the Creta. This is just a rendering done by the artist. However, the rendering does look quite nice and makes the Creta looks a lot more aggressive and bold.
Up-front, we can see the grille design is the same but it is sleeker and is finished in matte grey colour. The skid plate is also finished in the same colour and is larger. The C-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps that glow white are glowing amber-like we see on big pick-up trucks. The fog lamps are also replaced with red reflectors.
The bonnet is different. It has a lot more scoops and grilles than the regular Creta. This gives an aggressive look to the front and also helps the engine is breathing better. The bonnet itself enhances the road presence of the SUV.
On the side, the artist has used different off-road spec tyres which are wider and the alloy wheels are also different. The outside rearview mirror also has red stripes which could be turn indicators. We can also see a split roof spoiler mounted at the rear.
Pricing and Competitors
Hyundai 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, namely E, EX, S, SX Executive, SX(O). The Creta goes against Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. Because of the pricing it also has to go against Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Tata Harrier and MG Hector.
Engine and transmission
Hyundai offers Creta with three engine options. There is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. The naturally aspirated petrol engine puts out 115 PS and 144 Nm whereas the diesel engine produces 115 PS and 250 Nm. Both the engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. You can get the naturally aspirated petrol engine with a CVT automatic gearbox and the diesel engine with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Then there is the turbo petrol engine that puts out 140 PS of max power and 242 Nm of peak torque. You can get it only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. You do get paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel to take control of the gearbox. Hyundai does not offer this engine with a manual gearbox. So, enthusiasts might be a bit disappointed.