Hyundai Creta launched
First came the sketches, then the exterior photos, followed by the interior pics and today, Hyundai has finally ended the Creta saga by giving away the prices, which starts at Rs 8.59 lakh, going up to Rs 13.6 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Over the past few weeks, a lot has been spoken about the looks, so let's start with what lurks under the hood. The Creta's biggest strength against its competition, the Renault Duster, is the engine options on offer. There are three engines to choose from, one petrol and two diesels. The 1.6-litre petrol comes with 121bhp, 151Nm and is teamed with a 6-speed manual gearbox, sending all that power to the front wheels. The base diesel is a 89bhp, 219Nm, 1.4-litre unit, available with a 6-speed manual only, while the bigger 1.6-litre diesel develops 126bhp and 260Nm, which apart from the 6-speed manual, is also available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. For all those adventure-seekers, sorry, no all-wheel-drive here.
To match all that muscle, the interior comes loaded with plush leather seats and a high-tech infotainment system that doubles up as navigation system too. The usual reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines to make parking easier is standard on the top-of-the-line variant. Safety being top priority here, the car comes loaded with 6-aigbags, electronic stability control and ABS to name a few. So you know it's not just a beefy-looking SUV on the surface but uses some clever technology to keep occupants safe on the inside, too.
Now, the prices. The entry-level, 1.6-litre petrol 'L' variant starts at Rs 8.6 lakh while the mid-level 'S' costs Rs 9.57 lakh. The 'SX+' is the top-of-the-line variant for the petrol-powered Creta and retails at Rs 11.20 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. For the diesel lovers, the smaller 1.4-litre motor comes in the cheaper 'L' trim that costs Rs 9.46 lakh, followed by the 'S' variant that retails at Rs 11.45 lakh. The 'S+' variant will set you back by Rs 11.45 lakh.
Got your heart set on the bigger, more powerful 1.6 litre diesel? Well, the pricing for that is a bit steep, obviously, with the 'SX' variant starting at Rs 11.60 lakh, the 'SX+' will retail at Rs 12.67 lakh (MT) and Rs 13.57 lakh for the automatic variant. Since the top-of-the line 'SX (O)' gets all the goodies, it will set you back by Rs 13.60 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Wondering how does Hyundai's new compact SUV fare in the real world? Here's our Creta review