The 2015 Hyundai Creta
Hyundai Creta (7-seater Creta) is a subcompact crossover SUV. The South Korean Carmaker Hyundai is the parent company producing Hyundai cars in India. India saw the first arrival of Hyundai Creta in 2015. It was definitely a hit and proved itself better than its rivals. The Car’s bold styling, features and multiple engines and transmission options impressed customers largely.
Hyundai Creta’s success continued over the years. It is now the highest-selling SUV in its segment. The SUV managed 70,000 bookings in the first four-month and 1 lakh bookings in another four months. The 2015 Hyundai Creta takes up Hyundai’s new design, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.
The Hyundai Creta first went on sale in India on 21st July 2015. Hyundai manufactured its first Hyundai Creta at the Chennai plant. Initially, Creta was available in three engines options-1.6 litre petrol, 1.4 or a 1.6-litre diesel engine. A 6-speed manual transmission was standard across all the variants.
The vehicle was spread to six trim levels, Base, S, S+, SX, SX+ and the top-spec SX(O). The base model of the 2015 Hyundai Creta petrol option price was Rs. 8.59 lakh with top-end priced at 11.19 lakh. The diesel version of the vehicle price ranges from Rs. 9.46 lakh and 3.6 lakh.
All variants of 2015 Creta had ABS and EBD as standard. The mid-level variants came with dual front airbags, while the top-end variants offered side and curtain airbags. The 1.6-litre diesel engine delivers a power of 1.28 PS and 259 Nm of peak torque. The 1.4-litre diesel engine delivers power 90 PS and 220 Nm of peak torque.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta
The response to Creta was tremendous. Hyundai unveiled the second generation Creta in India on 16th March 2020. The Creta introduced in Auto Expo 2020 is a modified version of Hyundai ix25. The 2020 Hyundai Creta has some stronger rivals now. So the new model is more stylish and is feature-packed.
7-seater Creta Exterior Design
The new Creta is large with a chunky square-shaped front end. It has super proportions compared to the updated facelift f the first model. The thick creases over the wheel arches, broad shoulders and roofline with the silver accent on the C pillar is eye-catching. It has 17-inch alloy wheels that are dual cut and diamond cut on some variants. Indicators and fog lamps sit in the front of the bumper.
Hyundai Creta is available in ten colours- Red Mulberry, Lava Orange Dual Tone, Typhoon Silver, Galaxy Blue Metallic, Polar White, Lava Orange, Phantom Black, Deep Forest, Titan Gray Metallic, Polar White Dual Tone.
7-seater Creta Interior design
The interior is quite clean and simple. The dashboard has an elegant V-shaped flowing centre console. Contrast stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel and throttle like gear selector similar to that in a modern Audi. The plastic quality is good but lacks the soft touch that many other rivals offer. The front seats are large, supportive and well-cushioned. The rear cabin legroom is more spacious than the old car.
7-seater Creta Features
The main feature that attracts is a 10.25-inch touchscreen loaded with features. The touch screen is clear and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car has cool blue ambient lighting. It has different drive modes- Comfort mode, Eco Mode and a Sport mode for the road and Snow mode, Mud mode and Sand mode during offroad situations. It has a big panoramic sunroof. The safety features include six airbags, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, stability control and a Disc brake. The blue link feature offers voice control for the sunroof, climate control and ventilated seats.
Engine and Performance
The 2020 Hyundai Creta has five Powertrain options – a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre turbo diesel and 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo petrol. The 1.5 litres naturally aspirated petrol engine and 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine give a power of 115 HP. These two engines are available with both manual and automatic options while the turbo petrol is available with automatic option only.
7-seater Creta Mileage and Price
The 2020 Creta starts at Rs. 9.99 lakh and goes up to 17.20 lakh. The mileage figures of the 2020 Hyundai Creta ranges from 17 to 21 kmpl.
Hyundai Creta’s ride quality is excellent. It is firmer than the old car. The bump absorption is great. It allows the new Creta to glide with the utmost ease.
Negatives of 2020 Creta
Creta’s steering gives a dead off-centre feel and is pretty lifeless. Since Creta is a family oriented car, you cannot expect it to be sporty. Creta has well-designed interiors. The hard plastic used in the car gives a premium feel. But the lack of soft-touch materials on the dashboard and door panels is quite disappointing.
The Upcoming New 7-Seater Creta
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Hyundai Creta seven-seater in 2021. The car’s price range is around 10 lakhs to 20 lakh. It might have a different trademark name, Alcazar. The spy images reveal that the upcoming seven-seaters might have exterior visual differences over the new generation five-seater Creta.
It might get a slightly updated friend grille, flatter back roof, additional rear quarter, larger rear overhang and a re-designed C-pillar. The test mules also indicate the SUV, getting re-designed tail lamps. The other exterior features include LED projector headlamps, LED taillights, roof rails, diamond-cut alloy wheels and front and rear folks skid plates.
Interior and features
Except for the addition of seats, the cabin layout is likely to remain unchanged compared to the new-gen 2020 7-seater Creta. The interior is full of features like a 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, Hyundai’s blue link connection.
A panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat, a touch-enabled smart air purifier and drive mode select. On the safety side, the Alcazar equips with six airbags, electronic stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, hill assist control, ABS with EBD, rearview monitor, vehicle stability management, electronic parking brake, traction control and rear disc brakes.
The seven-seater Creta is likely to use the same powertrains as the five-seater SUV- 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine delivers a power of 115 PS and 114 Nm of peak torque. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine delivers a power of 140 PS and 240 Nm torque.
On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel engine churns out 115 PS and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. The naturally aspirated petrol and diesel engines might pair with a 6-speed manual transmission while the petrol one gets an optional IVT, and the diesel one gets an optional 6 speed AT. The 1. 4-litre turbo petrol engine pairs with a 7-speed DCT Auto.
Launch And Expected Price
Hyundai will launch the seven-seater Creta, Alcazar in the Indian market in the second half of 2021. The exact official timeline of the launch is not clear so far. The car price ranges at a premium of about Rs. 1 to 1.5 lakh over the 2020 5 seater Creta’s price. The Hyundai Creta is currently priced at a range of Rs. 9.18 lakh to 17.31 lakh.
So far there are only two 7 seater mid-size SUVs in the Indian market. They are Mahindra XUV500 and MG Hector Plus. A range of new cars might come into this space soon. Tata is planning to launch the Gravitas, the three-row version of Harrier next year. Mahindra is planning on launching the new model of the XUV500, and MG also revealed that a new version of the Hector Plus might come to India soon. So Gravitas, MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500 will be the strongest rivals of the 7-seater Creta by the time it launches.