Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Hyundai | posted June 29, 2015 11:22
Hyundai reveals their subcompact SUV dubbed the Creta
After first releasing the official design sketches of their latest nameplate, Hyundai Motor Co. recently unveiled the Creta in India. Described by the automaker as their most stylish, powerful and dynamic SUV, the Creta has the brand's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy along with a rigid body structure and various engines that will redefine the SUV segment according to Hyundai.
“The Creta is the most awaited and aspirational SUV of the year and would be a revolutionary product in the Hyundai portfolio. The global SUV CRETA will herald a new chapter in Hyundai Motor India’s success story and will set a new benchmark in the SUV segment of India with unmatched capabilities,” said BS Seo, Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL).
Hyundai constructed the Creta's body structure (called Hive) out of ultra-high tensile steel and advanced high-strength steel steel to ensure that the Creta will have the best in class body rigidity, safety and crash performance. Furthermore, the SUV's ring structure design also helps the Creta handle better while at the same reduce noise, vibration and harshness.
Aesthetically, the front end features Hyundai's signature look as the Creta has a hexagonal grill, tapered headlights and distinct foglights. The side on the other hand has a character line that runs the entire length of the SUV and is accented by a sloped roofline and 17-inch Diamond Cut alloy wheels. The rear gets a simple yet functional design which consist of a roof-mounted spoiler, horizontal taillights and a shapely tailgate.
Details and images of the Creta's interior were not shown but Hyundai did state that it will come with an array creature comforts and hi-tech gizmos which include: leather seats, Audio-Video-Navigation with a 5-inch touchscreen, smart key w/ push button start, rear A/C vents, dual and side curtain airbags, traction control and a reverse parking camera.
Available engines for the Hyundai Creta are two diesel motors and one gasoline-fed engine. The first diesel engine is the 1.4-liter U2 CRDi inline-four though the automaker did not state its power output. The second available diesel is the 1.6-liter U2 CRDi inline-four which produces 128 PS and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
Those that prefer gasoline power can have the 1.6-liter Dual VTVT inline-four that puts out 123 PS. It is only available however with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Sales of Hyundai's latest subcompact SUV will first commence in India on July 21, 2015.