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Hyundai Creta officially unveiled, on sale in India in July

Hyundai has officially revealed the new Creta compact SUV which will go on sale in India initially, before hitting some international markets further down the track.

2015 Hyundai Creta

The Creta expands Hyundai’s product portfolio to 10 in India. It’s set to redefine the compact SUV segment, the company claims, showcasing its latest ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design language and advanced construction methods. Mr. BS Seo, managing director & CEO at Hyundai India, said,

“The global SUV CRETA will herald a new chapter in Hyundai Motor India’s success story and will set a new benchmark in the SUV segment of India with unmatched capabilities.”

Under the skin is plenty of ultra-high tensile steel to provide class-leading body rigidity, strength, and optimum overall safety. It’s all put together using a ring-like technique, with each pillar, body side frames, and bottom positioned in a ring-like layout for maximum body stiffness.

In the engine compartment, the Creta will be available with petrol and diesel options. There’s a 1.6 VTVT producing 91kW, a 1.4 CRDi diesel (output not specified), and a 1.6 CRDi diesel developing 94kW. For the first time in the local segment, the diesel will be available with an automatic transmission.

Inside, the Creta is based on the i20 hatch. Buyers get an interface touch-screen with sat-nav and a six-speaker stereo, a proximity key with push-button start, and six airbags. Standard features also include steering wheel controls, projector headlights with LEDs, rear climate vents, and traction and stability control.

Hyundai will launch the new model in India on July 21. It will be manufactured locally in Chennai.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.