Hyundai Reveals New Creta Crossover in India

Posted on Jun 30 2015 - 6:28am by Mary Mohler

It’s been less than a month since Hyundai told us to start anticipating the arrival of the new Creta, and even less time since it released the first teaser sketch. Now the Korean automaker has taken the wraps off the finished product.

Hyundai reveals new Creta

Unveiled over the weekend in India, the new Hyundai Creta applies the company’s latest design language to a smaller crossover form. Full details have still yet to be released, but those body panels are laid over a structure the manufacturer calls Hive. It makes use of a high proportion of high-strength steel to keep the chassis rigid yet lightweight.

Powertrain options – for the Indian market anyway – include a 1.6-liter four with 121 horsepower or a choice of diesels with as much as 126 hp. Hardly earth-shattering stuff, but short of more potent turbocharged offerings, those engines ought to make it perfectly competitive with the company it intends to keep. Relative output and fuel choices aside, the engines channel their power through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, though there’s no mention as of yet of the availability of all-wheel drive. We’ll have to wait for a release with a wider purview to find out more.

At this point Hyundai isn’t showing us around the interior, either, but you can scope out what images have been released thus far in the slideshow above. It’ll be a while longer before anyone can determine whether it’ll prove a worthwhile competitor to the likes of the Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, and Honda HR-V, to name just a few likely rivals. With fellow Korean automaker SsangYong eager to make its mark with the similarly compact Tivoli as well, the Creta will have quite a fight on its hands.