HYUNDAI CRETA 1,6 CRDI EXECUTIVE AT
Hyundai finally launches its eagerly anticipated light crossover in South Africa
I11,97 sec 94 kw/260 N.m 179 km/h F there’s one vehicle that helped Hyundai gain widespread popularity on the local front, it has to be the original Tucson. The plucky Korean SUV found favour with the Sa-buying public by offering an affordable and well-specced alternative to the established brands. As a result, young families ocked to Hyundai showrooms in their droves. Through its subsequent generations, from ix35 back to Tucson, this compact SUV has grown in quality and sophistication, but also price. And that has left a gap at the lower end of Hyundai’s line-up. It is a space that the Creta steps into. 9,0 L/100 km 155 g/km
The Creta is the smallest member of the Hyundai SUV/ crossover family that includes the aforementioned Tucson and larger Santa Fe. Spiritually, though, this is a modern-day interpretation of the original Tucson, measuring a matchbox length shorter in length and width than that 2001 model. In today’s market, casting a footprint of this size places it in direct competition with other light and compact crossovers such as the Kia Soul, Volkswagen Golf SV, Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster.
First called the ix25 and launched at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the version sold in our market is made in India. Its design is inspired by the company’s Fluidic Design Sculpture visual language and shares many traits with other members of the Hyundai family, most notably the hexagonal grille, oversized headlamps and distinct crease running along the anks. The rising nature of the latter is an effort to create a sense of movement even when standing still. In conjunction with a tapered greenhouse, the Creta takes on a cab-forward appearance with a sense of solidity.