Hyundai Philippines is finally getting serious about doing battle in the sub-compact crossover segment with the all-new Creta. Pegged as “the perfect partner”, this all-new global model certainly has what it takes to take on the Ford EcoSport, SsangYong Tivoli, and Nissan Juke. And get this, the price starts at just a tad above P 900,000.
Styled under the new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the Creta doesn’t go for the usual oddball styling prevalent in the sub-compact crossover class. Here, the Creta shines with its trademark hexagonal grille (with aircraft-inspired three-slat grille), 16-inch alloy wheels, and a sloping roofline.
Inside, it’s well-loaded for the price with a full-featured integrated audio system with 4 speakers, dual SRS airbags, and ABS with EBD standard across all variants. The higher variants stand out with front fog lamps, roof rails on the outside and steering wheel controls on the inside.
What truly sets the Creta apart is that it comes with two engine choices: a 1.6-liter gasoline and a 1.6-liter diesel engine. The 1.6-liter gasoline features Dual CVVT technology upping the output to 123 horsepower and 151 Nm of torque while the diesel has 128 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. The gasoline variant comes in both manual and automatic flavors, while the diesel only comes with a row-it-yourself stick.
The Creta comes 6 colors the availability of which depends on the variant: Phantom Black, Sleek Silver, Polar White, Mystic Blue, Red Passion, and Pearl Beige. The Creta’s SRP is as follows: P 918,000 for the 1.6L M/T, P 988,000 for the 1.6L A/T, and P 1,038,000 for the 1.6 CRDi M/T.
All Hyundai dealerships nationwide are taking orders for the all-new Creta with deliveries to start soon.