De­sign re­vamp of­fers a more re­freshed look

NEW MOD­ELS/ Hyundai SA has this week launched the up­dated ver­sions of its Creta and Tuc­son mod­els, writes Ler­ato Matebese

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

Hyundai SA has taken the knife to its pop­u­lar Creta and Tuc­son mod­els, which have emerged from surgery look­ing more prim and proper than be­fore.

The for­mer gets a new de­sign grille, which is taller in as­pect than the out­go­ing model with a cas­cad­ing ef­fect and some chrome em­bel­lish­ments that give it a more in­te­grated and ti­dier look. That front valance has also been chis­elled slightly and re­ceives a satin sil­ver scuff plate, while the front fog lamps now fea­ture chrome hous­ing in­serts. At the rear new light clus­ters and a re­vised bumper round off the ex­te­rior up­dates.

Mov­ing into the cabin of the Creta lit­tle has been al­tered, save for the new eight-inch touch­screen, which can be spec­i­fied with nav­i­ga­tion for an ad­di­tional R2,522. As part of its Ex­ec­u­tive trim, the en­tire Creta range comes stan­dard with leather seats, cruise control, elec­tri­cally fold­ing mir­rors and rear park as­sist with re­verse cam­era.

Mo­ti­va­tion still comes in the form of the nor­mally as­pi­rated 1.6l petrol en­gine that makes 90kW and 150Nm and paired to ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic, while oil-burner fans can still en­joy the 1.6l tur­bod­iesel pow­er­plant that musters 94kW and 260Nm and al­lied solely to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Pric­ing starts at R339,900 for the 1.6 Ex­ec­u­tive man­ual (R359,900 for the au­to­matic) and tops out at R399,900 for the 1.6 TD Ex­ec­u­tive.

Mov­ing up a rung on the Hyundai SUV lad­der brings us to the up­dated Tuc­son which, much like the up­dates in­tro­duced to the Creta, also re­ceives a sharper grille with a sim­i­lar cas­cad­ing de­sign, while the front bumper also gets a satin skid plate, and a new 18-inch al­loy de­sign has been in­tro­duced to the flag­ship Elite trimmed model.

OB­VI­OUS UP­DATES

At the rear is per­haps where the most ob­vi­ous up­dates can be seen in the form of the re­designed tail lights (now LED equipped), while a new, wider li­cence plate hous­ing and spruced up rear bumper com­plete fresh up­dates.

The cabin, too, has been given a more re­freshed look with new air­vents and, more sig­nif­i­cantly, a “float­ing” sev­eninch in­fo­tain­ment screen atop the dash now fea­tures Ap­ple CarPlay.

Three spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els are still of­fered — the en­try-level Pre­mium, which comes with ameni­ties such as cruise control, the afore­men­tioned touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, LED day­time run­ning lights and driver, pas­sen­ger, side and cur­tain airbags. This vari­ant is pow­ered by a four-cylin­der, 2.0l nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol en­gine, de­liv­er­ing 115kW and 196Nm paired with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

The mid-spec Ex­ec­u­tive, over and above the Pre­mium trim, adds stan­dard fea­tures such as an Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Pro­gramme (ESP) and Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Man­age­ment (VSM), leather seats, Blind Spot De­tec­tion for side mir­rors, Cross Traf­fic Alert de­tec­tors at the rear, elec­tric seat ad­just­ment for the driver and a full auto air con­di­tioner with cli­mate control.

It also comes with the 2.0l petrol en­gine, but paired with a six-speed au­to­matic gear­box as a new ad­di­tion, while the Ex­ec­u­tive tur­bod­iesel vari­ant with a 2.0l dis­place­ment pushes out 131kW and 400Nm and fea­tures a new-to-the-range eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

The flag­ship Elite mod­els takes the spec­i­fi­ca­tion sheet even fur­ther with such things as a panoramic sun roof, elec­tric seat ad­just­ment for both driver and front pas­sen­ger, key­less en­try and push start en­gine but­ton. It also in­cludes the Blind Spot De­tec­tion and Cross Traf­fic Alert safety fea­tures, while an ad­di­tional USB port in the rear quar­ters has also been spec­i­fied

En­gines used in the Elite de­riv­a­tives are the above­men­tioned 2.0l petrol, the 2.0l tur­bod­iesel and the 1.6l turbo petrol with 130kW and 265Nm paired with a seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The 1.7l tur­bod­iesel vari­ant has been dropped from Tuc­son line-up.

Pric­ing for the Tuc­son over­laps that of the Creta range with a start­ing price of R399,000 for the 2.0l Pre­mium man­ual ver­sion and R559,900 for the 1.6T Elite au­to­matic vari­ant.

By ra­tio­nal­is­ing the Tus­con range, Hyundai sought to make the of­fer­ing sim­pler than be­fore, while the pop­u­lar Creta looks set to con­tinue with its suc­cess of be­ing the only tur­bod­iesel au­to­matic of­fer­ing in the seg­ment un­til the new Re­nault Duster hits the mar­ket later this month, which I have on good ac­count will be squared di­rectly at the Creta diesel buyer.

Both the Hyundai Creta and Tuc­son re­ceive mild cos­metic up­dates. Left: The Tuc­son now has a new touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment screen with Ap­ple CarPlay.

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