Hyundai fi­nally launches its ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated light cross­over in South Africa

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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.

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