Thursday 26 Nov 2020

All new Creta: Distinctively different

| MARCH 15, 2020, 03:25 AM IST

Korean car maker Hyundai had unveiled the all new Creta at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2020 at New Delhi but only the exteriors were shown then. We were in Chennai visiting the Hyundai factory to checkout the SUV in flesh inside out and here’s our first look coming directly from where the car is built.

On the outside, the 2nd generation Hyundai Creta gets a completely new front design with the 3D cascading grille inspired from the Hyundai Palisade SUV along with larger LED headlamps and new boomerang-shaped DRLs. The bumpers have been beefed up with new skid larger plates and there are new 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels in place as well.

The car rear gets distinctively different design with the all LED taillights that looks very different from anything seen in the segment. The boot lid also gets a horizontal slim led stop lamp adding more style to it. The new Creta also has a visibly larger wheelbase that should be resulting in much larger interior space.

As mentioned the body style now gets a lot flexed and muscular in terms of styling making the Creta look like it’s just back from its gym workout regime. The top end version also comes with a panoramic electric sunroof adding to the feature list.

Coming to the interiors well that’s what was not seen so far. Step inside and you will instantly notice the super premium feel of the cabin area.

 Apart from the all new dualtone dash that gets a faux hand stitching design on it the next thing you instantly notice is the voice activated panoramic electric sun roof that lets in more light making the cabin look lot more larger. The seats come with a dual tone black and greige colour with leatherette upholstery.

The new Creta also get an all new 7 inch digital instrument cluster along with a brand new flat bottom leather wrapped steering wheel with trendy looking metal inserts and MFD buttons on it. 

The vehicle also gets paddle shifters on the automatic version. The AC vents gets new vertical styling enhancing   the overall styling cues on the inside.

The highlight of the cabin is the 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Hyundai Blue Link loaded on to it. You have the usual telephony and connectivity features also loaded to the smart infotainment unit.

The next smart feature loaded to the equipment list is the electric parking brake and an 8 speaker Bose premium sound system and an climate automatic control control unit that is flushed into the dashboard. 

There are tons of cubby storage spaces, usb charge ports, 12V charge port and yes also the Wireless charger in place. The interiors look super rich and premium and yes they feel that ways too. 

The materials used are of superior quality and have a feel that they gonna last for a long long time.

The next gen of the best selling SUV from the Korean car maker will be available in three engine options and as many as 14 variants. 

The engine options would be 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre VGT diesel and the 1.4-litre turbo GDI petrol. All engines are BS6 compliant. Transmission options will include the 6-speed manual and torque convertor, 7-speed DCT, and the iVT automatic.

You also get the unique drive mode select (eco, comfort and sport), multiple traction control modes (snow, sand and mud), air purifier, rear seat reclining, rear window manual sun shade, ventilated seats, ambient lighting, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and a rear view monitor. 

Well then there are the app controlled features like the remote engine start, remote climate control, headlight, horn, vehicle tracking, geofencing, service reminder and lots more.

The new Creta has a much stronger structure that is built with 74.3% advanced high steel strength. It goes through loads of checks which includes the 3D Scan which confirms the intricate profile quality and is available in Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Phantom Black, Lava Orange, Titan Grey, Deep Forest, Galaxy Blue, Red Mulberry. Dual Tone paint shade options include - Polar White with Phantom Black and Lava Orange with Phantom Black and can compete with the likes of the Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV 500 and Jeep Compass, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks.

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