Thanks to the launch of new Creta, Hyundai has now become India’s No 1 SUV brand
Although the deliveries of 2020 Hyundai Creta in India are hampered by the COVID-19 lockdown, the new generation crossover started off with over 14,000 bookings. We expect the latest Hyundai to emerge as one of the most successful products in what is shaping up to be one of the most challenging years for the Indian automobile industry.
The first generation Creta was quite popular with the modification enthusiasts and we expect the radically restyled new model to enjoy the same popularity. Our design specialist Pratyush Rout has come up with a rendering to demonstrate the 2020 Hyundai Creta’s ability to adopt extensive customization.
This virtual modification derives inspiration from various Hyundai off-road concepts showcased in the previous editions of SEMA, an annual automotive after market expo held in Las Vegas. This particular example is kitted up to go off-roading.
The matte-black and gold colour combination does go well with the new Creta’s unconventional design. The off-road accessories include an electric winch, a bull-bar, high-profile off-road tyres and custom wheels, a snorkel and a roof-carrier with LED spot-lights. With an increased ground clearance, the modified 2020 Hyundai Creta could handle some challenging terrain.
While this modification looks purposeful, the Creta’s front-wheel-drive configuration would be limiting the crossover’s ability to take part in some serous off-roading. We don’t expect an all-wheel-drive variant is in the works for India. So, for now, the virtual rendering only portrays a cosmetic enhancement.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta for India is available with one diesel and two petrol engine options. The base petrol is a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which is mated either to a 6-AT or a CVT. Power and torque figures stand at 155 hp and 144 Nm respectively. The high-end petrol option is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor which has 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque on offer. It is available with a 7-speed DCT.
The diesel option is a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit which is tuned to deliver 115 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The motor can be specified either with a 6-speed manual or an automatic (torque converter) transmission.
Hyundai is also working on a 7-seat variant of the new Creta with extruded rear overhang. The near-production prototypes have already started testing on public roads in South Korea. The longer derivative wears a slightly revised front fascia and extensive modified rear end. It is slated to make its world premiere sometime next year. India and China will be the primary markets.