Creta raises Hyundai’s profile in SUV market
There seems to be no turning back as far as SUV motoring is concerned, as Hyundai latest forage into this market indicates. The Korean automaker’s new Creta light crossover has finally launched in South Africa, and already is creating excitement.
The Creta is located below the Hyundai Tucson, to afford a wider the SUV experience. The local range consists of three models, but all three are powered by 1.6 litre engines and very little else separating them apart from transmission.
For starrers, entry level 1.6 Executive model is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. This naturally aspirated petrol engine is worth 90 kW and 154 N.m, and can also be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which comes in the form of the middle variant, the Executive Auto.
The range-topper, the CRDi, is also an auto but then the notable difference with the middle model is chiefly that it is a diesel engine as well as in the 260 N.m torque of its front wheels.
The Creta range comes well-equipped with luxury, convenience and safety features. Exterior highlights include 16-inch alloys, roof rails, LED daytime running lamps, integrated indicator lenses in the side mirrors, a rear spoiler and high-mounted stop light.
Key features in all the three models include an infotainment system with navigation and USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth hands-free telephony and music streaming. Each model has six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors (with a reversing camera) and keyless entry. Electric windows and manual air-con complete the package.
Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive: R319 900
Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive auto: R339 900
Hyundai Creta 1.6 CRDi Executive auto: R369 900
The Creta is offered with a 5-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s Warranty with an additional 2-year/50 000 km manufacturer’s powertrain warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.
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