Ever since its launch in 2015, the Hyundai Creta has been going great guns, breaking sales record after sales record. The recently launched Kia Seltos compact SUV has halted the Creta’s dream run, and forced Hyundai to offer massive discounts on the latter. The upcoming Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms are also forcing Hyundai dealers to take additional steps to clear out inventory.
Hyundai dealers are now offering Rs. 95,000 discounts on the petrol and diesel engined versions of the Creta, making them very attractive buys for those who want a tried and tested vehicle in the compact SUV segment. Prices of the Hyundai Creta start from Rs. 10 lakh, making the compact SUV slightly pricier than the larger, and much flashier looking Kia Seltos. Also, an all-new Hyundai Creta will be launched in India next year.
The Hyundai Creta currently sold in India is offered with 3 engine options: a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel unit with 89 Bhp-220 Nm, a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 126 Bhp-260 Nm and a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 121 Bhp-153 Nm. All three engines get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard while 6 speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are on offer with the bigger petrol and diesel engines.
The Creta’s continued success in the compact SUV segment has to do with multiple factors. 1. It’s powerful and offers multiple engine options that cater to a wide range of buyers. 2. The Creta is compact enough to fit most parking slots, and is very easy to drive. In fact, it’s the right size for most buyers. 3. Hyundai’s reputation for good after sales service is another big factor that drives buyers towards Creta. 4. It’s very refined and reliable. 5. Resale value is quite good given the big demand for the Creta in the used car market. All these factors have come together to make this SUV a hot seller even now.
Coming to the all-new Creta that will arrive early next year, the 2020 Auto Expo will be the big ticket event where the new SUV will be showcased. The SUV will be much larger than the current version, and will share its platform with the Kia Seltos. Engines also will be shared, and we expect the new Creta to get BS6 compliant 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5 liter turbo diesel and 1.4 liter turbo petrol engines. Gearboxes could also be shared along with the 7 speed twin clutch automatic unit. The all-new Creta is also likely to be offered with a 7 seat layout.