Hyundai Motor India Ltd. is almost done with readying the much awaited Creta compact SUV, and the launch of the upcoming model, which is internationally known as the ix25, is scheduled to take place in the second-half of this month. The Hyundai Creta stares at quite an uphill task – to take on some well established rivals (read: Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport). It is being said that Hyundai India has invested in tune of INR 1,000 Crore into the Creta project, which alone speaks for the manufacturer’s commitment towards the rapidly growing Indian car industry. Talking of the upcoming model, Hyundai India CEO and MD Bo Shin Seo has said,“This year we have already launched two products (i20 Active and 4S Verna). Later this year, we will launch a compact SUV,” Seo said. “But we have high expectations and are not satisfied by only these. Globally, SUVs are in great demand and we have to plan ahead. We are looking at a sub-4 metre SUV as well as other MPVs. We have tested our product against competition and it will be very high on quality, durability and performance. It will help us grow our volumes and I am confident of its success.”We, at Car Blog India, believe that the soon-to-be-launched Hyundai Creta might very well end up becoming the next big ‘small SUV’ in the country and here’s our Hyundai Creta review to give you a fair idea about the upcoming Korean compact SUV.
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As we said, the launch of the Hyundai Creta has been scheduled to take place later this month and the much-awaited model will go on sale on 21st July.
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In all probability, the Hyundai Creta, akin to other Hyundai cars in India, will boast of a really aggressive price tag. The ex-showroom prices for New Delhi are as follows:
1.6 L Petrol
- Base: INR 8.59 lakhs
- S: INR 9.57 lakhs
- SX+: INR 11.19 lakhs
1.4 L Diesel
- Base: INR 9.46 lakhs
- S: INR 10.42 lakhs
- S+: INR 11.45 lakhs
1.6 L Diesel
- SX: INR 11.59 lakhs
- SX+: INR 12.67 lakhs
- SX(O): INR 13.60 lakhs
- SX+ AT: INR 13.57 lakhs
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The Creta is crafted using the manufacturer’s famed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, which means that the upcoming compact SUV gels rather well in Hyundai’s current line-up of models. Internationally, the car measures 4270 mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1630mm in height. The car boasts of 200 mm of ground clearance.
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The car’s front-end has a rather aggressive look, with the typical hexagonal radiator grille being one of the talking points here. The car also gets very stylish swept-back headlamps that boast of LED fictures and a projector setup. A faux skid plate and and a sporty-looking bumper add muscle to the car’s front-end. In side profile, the car looks more like a hatchback on stilts than a conventional SUV. However, thick C-pillars, together with a well pronounced character line, plastic cladding and blacked-out A and B pillars ensure that the car looks sufficiently aggressive. At the rear, the car gets stylish wraparound taillamps and a chunky bumper with a faux skid plate. The highlight here, however, is the license plate housing on the boot, which boasts of a chrome applique that neatly gels together with a well defined crease running between the two rear fenders. Also, as revealed by the above spy pic, the top-end variant of the Creta is likely to come with a liberal sprinkle of chrome.
Interior & Features
The car will go on sale in four trims – Base, S, SX, and SX(O). On the inside, the car gets a dual-tone treatment, and an overall design that reminds us of cabins of other Hyundai cars. Another highlight here is a touchscreen infotaintment system. The upcoming compact SUV gets features such as –
- Engine Start/Stop
- Auto aircon
- Projector headlamps
- LED DRLs
- Flexible seating
- Steering-mounted audio controls
- Leather seats
- 5″ Touchscreen audio system with advanced telephony options and navigation
- Electric folding ORVMs
- Dual airbags + side and curtain airbags
- Rear AC vents
- Reverse parking camera
Hyundai ix25 Teaser Video
The official website of the India-spec ix25 is already up and you can have a look at the Hyundai Creta official website here.
The upcoming Creta compact SUV is underpinned by the same platform as the new i20. The Creta will get the same 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol and U2 1.4 CRDi and 1.6 U2 CRDI VGT engines that power the Verna. While Hyundai is yet to reveal the power figures of the 1.4-litre motor, the 1.6 petrol and the 1.6 Diesel engines churn out 123 PS and 128 PS respectively. All the three engines will come mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the 1.6-litre Diesel engine will also come with an option of an automatic transmissions. The India-spec ix25 (Creta) SUV misses out on 4wd.
Talking about the upcoming product, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Sr VP, sales and marketing at Hyundai Motor India, said,”It is a conscious change in strategy by the company. Such a move to advance the launch of a new vehicle is not new for Hyundai. In the past, it proved successful with the launch of Grand i10 last year, when the company was able to soak up the demand of customers in South India on account of Onam festival and Ganesh Chaturti in Western India, which otherwise would have benefite.
Here are some pics of the international-spec ix25.
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Pics Courtesy – twitter.com/felixjose1982