Hyundai has today launched the Sports Edition of its popular compact SUV in India. As its name suggests, the Creta Sports Editon is an aesthetically tweaked version of the regular model. Amid all the new launches in the compact SUV segment and in the related price range, this comes as a tactical move by the South Korean manufacturer to regain interest in its best selling SUV. Prices for the Creta Sports Edition start at Rs. 12.78 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.6 petrol MT and Rs 14.13 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.6 diesel MT variant. The Sports Edition models are available only with the manual gearbox versions of the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel Creta.
Talking about the changes made on the Sports Edition Creta model, the major change is in the form of the paint job which available in two schemes – Phantom Black and Polar White with a Phantom Black roof. The dual-tone paint scheme adds a further Rs 11,000 to the Hyundai Creta Sports Edition’s price. There are a total of 20 upgrades/alterations on the Sports Editon Creta as compared to the regular model. On the exterior front, changes include a smoked effect for the projector headlights, a dark chrome finish for the grille, silver roof rails and skid plates, faux dual exhaust tips finished in chrome, black outside mirror casings, and a rear spoiler.
The interiors have also been retouched a bit and sport an all-black colour scheme. The seat fabric is black too with ‘Creta’ embossed on them while the steering wheel has been wrapped with leather for a dash of premium-ness. Other details include contrast stitching for the seats, steering wheel and gear lever boot along with silver surround for the AC vents and an electric sunroof. All this has been done in order to make the Sports Edition models to feel like the sportier version of the regular Creta SUV.
The Creta Sports Edition is based on the SX variant and hence comes with a lot of other features such as automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control and wireless smartphone charging. Talking about safety, dual airbags and ABS are standard on the SUV as well. However, when compared to the SX variant, the Hyundai Creta Sports Edition is priced higher by around Rs. 60,000 which is the cost of the various cosmetic and feature additions.
The engine, gearbox and all other mechanical specifications of the car are exactly the same as this is a special edition of the Creta and not a facelift or update. Speaking of which, Hyundai is currently developing the next-generation model of the Creta and it is expected to be showcased in its Indian spec production form during the 2020 NEw Delhi Auto Expo.