One of the most awaited compact SUV this year, Hyundai Creta is nearing its official launch in India. First launched in China last year, as ix25, the compact SUV will compete with the likes of Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano here.
The first exterior sketch of Hyundai Creta confirms the presence of three slat grille, projector headlamp with LED DRLs, plastic cladding surrounding the body, fog lamps, low slung roof, and new sporty alloys (surprisingly roof rails are missing – earlier spy shots had confirmed the presence of roof rails on board the India-spec Creta).
All in all, there is not much difference between the sketch Hyundai India has shared, and the photographs of the Hyundai ix25 from China. But, Hyundai India still maintains that this is a different car, and not exactly same as China’s ix25 (see image below).
In China, the ix25 is 4270 mm long, 1780 mm wide and 1630 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2590 mm and a ground clearance of 180 mm. Similar dimensions are expected from the India-spec variant.
Speaking about the interior design, the layout remains same as the China spec variant. Keeping up with the sporty exteriors, the India-spec Creta gets dual tone interiors (inspired by the i20 Active’s black and orange theme; expect more such funky combinations on offer).
Seen in the sketch are steering mounted controls, instrument cluster similar to that of other Hyundai cars like the new i20 and Verna, driver arm-rest, auto climate control, and LCD display. Sadly, Creta misses on a touchscreen infotainment system (which is offered on China spec variant, see image below). Instead, Hyundai India continues with a similar centre console which is already seen on Hyundai i20 and Hyundai Verna.
To be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, probably the same one’s which Hyundai India offers on board the new Verna 4S World Sedan. These will be in the form of 1.4l diesel, 1.4l petrol, 1.6l diesel and 1.6l petrol. All featuring 4 cylinders; the 1.4l engines will be mated to a 5 speed MT, while the 1.6l gets 6 speed MT and the option of a 4 speed AT.
Launched in China from a starting price of Rs 12 lakhs, in India, thanks to heavy localization, the price of Creta is expected to be in the Rs 8-12 lakh range.