The Hyundai Creta (erstwhile ix25) has been one of the most anticipated cars from the Korean carmaker. We Indians love the concept of a compact SUV that boasts bucket loads of features and a high driving position. Good looks and affordability matters too, of course. This is where cars like the Hyundai Creta come into the picture. For those of you wondering the origin/meaning of the Creta, it comes from Crete – Greece’s largest island. In Greek, the term ‘Creta’ means to induce the notion of creativity, says Hyundai.
The Hyundai ix25 Concept was revealed first at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
Hyundai has realised the potential for healthy sales of cars during the 2015 festive season. The carmaker has now preponed the launch of its compact SUV in the Indian market by a matter of two months. The Hyundai Creta will now be launched on 21 July 2015 and local production starts a month before, on June 20. According to reports, Hyundai India has already made way for the Creta at their Chennai manufacturing facility.
The Hyundai Creta shares its platform with the Elite i20 hatchback.
Hyundai India is expected to launch the compact SUV with petrol and diesel engines. We reckon these may likely be borrowed from the Verna 4S saloon. This means a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines, and also likely, are the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel units for the base variants. Depending upon the trim and engine specs, there will be a choice of a manual and automatic gearboxes. The propulsion from the powerplant will be either to sent to
Hyundai India has been conducting extensive testing of the Creta. (Motoroids exclusive spy shot)
The Hyundai Creta is 4.27 metres in length and has a 2.59 metre wheelbase, so expect a spacious cabin. This would have been an expensive project for the company, except that won’t be much the case here. Hyundai India has been able to achieve 90% localisation for the Creta. This will pay dividends for the carmaker and their prospective customers. We also expect to see ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, 17-inch alloys, Projector headlights with LED daytime-running lights etc on top-spec’d variants.
The Hyundai Creta will come with petrol and diesel engines. (Image of Verna’s unit for illustration)
The Hyundai Creta is created around the company’s 2.0 Fluidic Design Philosophy. This compact SUV, from some angles, bears striking resemblance to its Santa Fe elder sibling. Hyundai India is hoping to shift between 4000 to 5000 units of the Creta each month. On the price front, we reckon the Hyundai Creta to cost anywhere between INR 8 to 12 Lakh. However, the exact details of which remains to be seen. Keep following Motoroids as we will keep you updated on the Hyundai Creta.
Source – ET