Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Is Hyundai Philippines Bringing in the Creta Crossover and Grand i10? Seems So
Remember the Hyundai i20 CrossSport? Nope; I don’t either. Once a upon a time, I swear it was part of Hyundai Philippines’ model list only for it occasionally pop up, disappear, and then pop up again. Well, Hyundai looks to be ending the often forgotten sub-compact crossover as it sets to launch the Creta at the Manila International Auto Show or MIAS at the end of the month.
In a single teaser photo on its official Facebook page, it’s proclaiming the Creta as the “perfect partner to your lifestyle.” It must be remembered that the Creta is Hyundai’s response to the rapidly growing small crossover segment dominated by the likes of the Ford EcoSport. First launched in India, the Creta is now being sold in several developing countries in Europe and South America.
Like all other Hyundais, the Creta wears the familiar Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language making it “easy to understand and pleasant.” Though the teaser photo is almost blacked out, it seems to wear the range-topping 17-inch alloy wheels seen in global launch model.
In other markets, the Creta offers a choice between one petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol is the 1.6-liter Gamma 4-cylinder engine with 121 horsepower and 155 Nm of torque. And while this is all good, I’m hoping that one of the two U2 CRDi engines will make it here. In the 1.4-liter, it has 89 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque while with the 1.6-liter it has 126 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. Available transmissions are a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
Aside from the Creta, Hyundai is also digging into its Indian market portfolio as it is resurrecting the Grand i10 nameplate. Once sold to battle in-betweeners like the Mirage hatchback, the Grand i10 is previewed by Hyundai’s official invite to the Manila International Auto Show.
For 2017, the Grand i10 gets a massaged design. The front end is almost entirely new with an updated radiator grille, bumper, and daytime running lights. Other changes include new side moldings, new wheels, and a modified rear bumper. The Grand i10 is expected to continue offering above-class features such as the push-button start/stop. Expect it also to gain, get this, rear A/C vents.
In terms of powertrain, the Grand i10 is expected to continue with the 1.2-liter Kappa gasoline engine with 83 horsepower and 116 Nm of torque. There’s a diesel variant available in India, but I’d be surprised if it will arrive locally.
It looks like Hyundai is proving itself to be a contender in 2017. Though sales have climbed in 2016, it surely was lackluster in the product department. Still, with the impending launch of the Grand i10 and the Creta, Hyundai Philippines is finally making up for lost time. MIAS sure looks to be exciting.