BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Hyundai Motors has launched the second generation all-new compact Creta SUV for the domestic market. The incoming model is built on Hyundai’s K2 platform, which also underpins the new Kia Seltos.
Interestingly, Hyundai has also indicated an aggressive pricing strategy that will undercut key rivals like MG Hector, Tata Harrier and its sibling Kia Seltos.
Boasting a power-packed feature pack, the car is being offered at an introductory price of Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Interestingly, the opening price tag is same for both the base petrol and diesel model. The top end petrol SX variant is priced at Rs 16.16 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new Creta is marginally smaller at 4,300mm long, 1,790mm wide and 1,635mm tall than the Kia Seltos, although both have identical wheelbase of 2,610mm.
All variants get BS VI complaint engines and options include a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine that are available with both a 6-speed manual transmission and an automatic transmission.
The third engine is a forced-fed 1.4-litre turbo petrol mated with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
Driver features include three driving modes (Eco, Comfort and Sport) and traction control modes (Snow, Sand and Mud).
New features in the Creta include 10in touchscreen infotainment system with Advenced Blue Link Connectivity System, a 7.0in instrument cluster with digital display, Bose sound system with 8 speakers, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and a flat-bottom steering.
The Blue Link feature comes with smartphone pairing. With this arrangement, several in-car functions can be accessed or activated smartphone or a smartwatch. Functions including remotely starting the car, live tracking and real-time traffic information among others.