Last June 1, 2022, Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. (HMPI) was officially inaugurated in the country. As a result, the brand is officially under new management and is now a direct subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company.
One of the things that HMPI immediately did is revamp the model lineup in the Philippines. Gone are the sedans and hatchbacks as the lineup now consists of crossovers plus an MPV, and the smallest and most affordable model is the all-new Creta.
Now we finally all have the specs and prices of the new model.
First launched in Indonesia late last year, the Creta is the brand's stylish B-segment crossover that is aimed squarely to take on the likes of the MG ZS, Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V, and Toyota Corolla Cross. Starting with its looks, it features a more aggressive exterior that is dominated by a large grille. It's then complemented by a unique pair of LED daytime running lights on the edges of the grille, eye-catching LED headlights and taillights (halogen on low-end variants), sporty bumpers, and 17-inch alloy wheels (GLS variant gets a diamond-cut finish).
Size-wise, the Creta measures 4315mm long, 1790mm wide, and 1630mm tall (with roof rails). It also has a 2610mm wheelbase and a ground clearance of 200mm.
As for the interior, the Creta mixes practical ergonomics with high-tech features. High-grade models come with an 8-inch touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a leather interior. Meanwhile, the entry-level model only has a 2-DIN sound system with a 3.8-inch LCD, and cloth seats.
Other available features inside the new Creta include; automatic climate control (manual air-conditioning on lesser variants), push-button start, a smart entry system, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel (analog gauges in the manual version), 60:40 split-folding rear seats, tilt and telescopic steering, and a 4-speaker sound system.
Powering the Hyundai Creta is a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with D-CVVT. It makes a humble 115 PS at 6300 rpm along with 144 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Depending on the variant, the engine can be paired to a 6-speed manual or to an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), Hyundai (and Kia's) own version of a CVT.
In terms of safety, the Creta comes with the following: dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, hill-start assist, reverse parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system, and cruise control. In the top-spec variant, the Creta comes with additional smart safety features such as blind-spot collision avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision warning avoidance assist.
Available colors for the Creta are: Creamy White, Dragon Red, Magnetic Silver, and Midnight Black. All Creta models are covered by a 5-year/200,000 km warranty.
The pricing of the 2022 Creta is as follows;
Creta 1.5GL 6MT – PHP 998,000
Creta 1.5GL IVT – PHP 1,170,000
Creta 1.5GL IVT (Limited Red) – PHP 1,323,000
Creata 1.5GLS IVT – PHP 1,332,000