Second generation Hyundai Creta revealed for Middle East and Africa
It gets luxury features such as a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats and touchscreen interface.
Following its debut in China and India, Hyundai has pulled the wraps off the second generation Creta that will be launched in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the months to follow.
The first gen Creta was claimed to be leeching on Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 which bequeathed stunning looks to the car. This generation however takes no impetus from its forebear and doesn't crib any design elements but builds an identity of its own. The front visage is characterised by headlamps split into three separate units. The first stubby trapezoidal unit houses in the all-pervading LED strip. The second one also has a 'C-shaped' LED strip but is big enough to house in the headlamps. And the third one? You guessed it right, has fog lamps and indicators. The car also gets Hyundai family's signature 'cascading grille' and a skid plate to make it look muscular. Overall, the headlamp compartment does look similar to the Chevrolet Captiva (kind of) but might not be to your taste if you're looking for a conventional and simplistic face. The side poses a hunkered-down stance. Dual-tone theme is also a novel element here with gloss black for the pillars and colours such as red, blue and black for the rest of the body used. There is also a silver 'plank' to outline the Creta's silhouette. Brawny fenders and proportionate wheel arches contribute towards non-debatable and imposing presence.
The rear is bound to get opinions divided though as it looks too busy. I am not sure if people would make themselves complacent with the same 3-part design for the taillamps. The rather big skid plate and boot-mounted stop lamp strip are other salient features of the rear. The 'Creta' lettering spanning the width is also a nice touch.
In the interior department, Hyundai seems to have played it safe, very safe. According to Aladdin Abdul-Al, product manager, Hyundai Middle East and Africa, they wanted the interior layout to be as simple and mature as possible. Sure, it is targeted for the youth but these are days we all wished things got simpler once again. Hence, it gets a basic centre console unlike its cousin, the Kia Seltos which gets several curves and creases to welcome its owner delightfully. The 4-spoke steering wheel is all-new which is also shared with the Sonata and the Palisade. The instrument cluster is digital. To adorn the cabin with opulence, it gets plush steel and leather finish on the gearstick and matte finish on silver for the lower part of the console. There's tons of leather on the dash and door trims but this car sitting at the lowest end in Hyundai's gamut, procures plastics which are refulgent and hard. You'd be pardoned for blurting that the interior is a cliche mimicking the Tucson's design, completely.
However, one would bearly realise that as he is sure to get spellbound by the equipment list that Hyundai hasn't concealed. Before that, a disclaimer: Equipment list is subject to market variations. Contact your local dealer for more information. The online reveal previewed a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start/stop, wireless charging, reverse parking camera, cooled glove box and a host of connected car features such as switching the ignition on through your mobile phone. Tasty, isn't it?
If the conundrum of remembering all its features confronts you, it will be an ordeal choosing the right powertrain option. The first engine option is a 1.5 CRDi diesel which churns out 113 hp (down by 13 hp tete-a-tete the previous gen) and 242 Nm of torque which is marginally lower than the erstwhile 1.6 diesel that used to be the mainstay of the range some years ago in select markets. However, most middle-eastern countries are likely not to get this diesel engine. The second powertrain option includes a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol which churns out an identical 113 hp and 144 Nm of torque mated to a CVT automatic ratchet. While these figures might not be on par with the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 or the Nissan Kicks, the top of the range model uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine which makes 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque. These figures make the Creta on par with its rivals in terms of hp and leapfrogs by a small margin in terms of torque. It is coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for lightning fast responses.
The Creta has always sold in handsome numbers in this part of the world and this new generation will lurch forward likely being a blockbuster success with its looks alone. It gets a polarising rear fascia and the plastics aren't anything to brag about but take into account the healthy equipment list and the powertrain options, and it has the ability to win one over, despite the not so furtive rivals it has to deal with.