Hyundai, with the planned unveiling in India for its upcoming Creta compact SUV in sight, has launched a website for the new vehicle – a landing pad of sorts that concurrently aggregates Creta-specific social media buzz and shows off some details of the car. Only sketches so far.
However, it does include a sketch of the interior which does a good enough job of previewing the real deal. We see use of a tanned orange-like dashboard trim, possibly leather. Other than that, we have the exterior preview sketch that we’ve seen before.
The website, which can be found at www.hyundaicreta.com, also has some text describing the Creta’s design philosophy (called Fluidic Sculpture 2.0) and exterior cues. It’s all rather fruity, but there if you want extra titillation.
Several other motoring sites peg a launch date on July 21, but as this is made no mention of on the Creta website, we’ll have to take it with a grain of salt.
What we do know is that the Hyundai Creta is planned to be a global model, unlike the China-only ix25 B-segment SUV that's also nearing its market launch. This means that if Hyundai-Sime Darby Motor wishes, it could be something Malaysians may look forward to. Should it make it to our shores, it will go up against the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport, and Mazda CX-3 – all worthy opponents.
We’ve speculated on the possible engine options for the Creta before. With the ix25 as a template, the Creta could sport a four-cylinder petrol engine in a 1.6 or 2.0-litre varieties, producing 123hp/151Nm or 158hp/192Nm respectively, with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
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