Hyundai Asia Resources does not want to get left behind in the subcompact crossover competition. Today, the official distributor of the Korean brand has taken the wraps off the Creta at the 2017 Manila International Auto Show.
Gasoline and diesel engine options, and three variants are available. Their prices?
* 1.6 GL MT (gasoline) - P918,000
* 1.6 GL AT (gasoline) - P988,000
* 1.6 CRDi GL MT (diesel) - P1,038,000
Under the hood of the gasoline-engine offerings is the 1.6-liter Gamma MPI mill capable of 121hp and 151Nm. It could either be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel variant has a 126hp, 260Nm 1.6-liter U2 CRDi engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.
In this category, it's quite rare to have a diesel variant. Although the lack of an automatic transmision for the oil burner might make it tough to sell.
Hyundai’s design language is apparent in the Creta with its three-slat hexagonal grille. The hood lines and sloping roof lend a feel of less air resistance. Shod with 16-inch alloy wheels, the Korean crossover has a 190mm ground clearance (10mm less than the Ford EcoSport’s ride height). It’s longer, wider and taller than the Nissan Juke with its 4,270mm x 1,780mm x 1,630mm dimensions.
Inside, fabric seats await passengers. Its 2,590mm wheelbase, which is longer than its Japanese and American rivals, promises more legroom. Displayed at the motor show with a bicycle rack and a pair of bikes, the Creta is packaged as an enticing offering for the outdoorsy motorist.
Hyundai dealerships are now accepting reservations. Are you placing one?