2020 Hyundai Creta: Five things you must know

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2020 Hyundai Creta (Image: Harmanpreet Singh/BBC TopGear India)

We know that buying a brand-new car or motorcycle isn’t on top of everyone’s list right now. But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t daydream a little about the future when all is well, right? We thought so too. To fill your palette of automotive news for today, we’ve decided to list down some things you must know about the all-new Hyundai Creta. The second-generation Creta was launched on March 16, very much amid the Coronovirus scare. We’ve also already driven the compact SUV and you can go ahead read our review by clicking here. But if you just want a lowdown and what all has changed in this all-new Creta, here a few points to help you out.

1. It looks really different from the outside.

Yes, the all-new Creta looks starkly different from the outgoing generation. Out goes the square and boxy design and in comes some modern design elements and mature features all around. For instance, the funky-yet stylish front headlamps, the bold new cascading grille in the centre and those curvy features all around. The side profile feels more well rounded (quite literally) and looks a lot more muscular too. The all-new design features at the rear as well, with taillamps similar to the headlamps and more well-integrated design.

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2. From the inside, too!

The 2020 Creta comes with an all-new cabin layout as well. Compared to the previous generation’s simple and robust design, the all-new Creta gets a much more contemporary and modern design. For example, the four-spoke steering wheel, the redesigned gear lever, the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, part-digital instrument cluster, electronic parking brake and a whole lot more. To put it simply, the design gives off a European vibe. It also feels like it’s moved up a notch, thanks to the materials used on the inside by Hyundai.

3. What’s under the hood, though?

As one would expect, the 2020 Creta comes with three different BS6-compliant engine options. There’s the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine which produces 112bhp and 144Nm of torque; parable to a six-speed manual or CVT gearbox. Then there’s the 1.5-litre diesel engine which produces 113bhp and 250Nm of torque, again, parable with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic. And finally, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which produces 138bhp and 242Nm of torque. This particular engine can only be had with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

4. The dimensions are different from the older Creta

The new Creta is 30mm is longer and 10mm wider than the older Creta. It has also 20mm increase in wheelbase and an additional 33 litres of boot space. However, the height is now down by 30mm, which does help in the handling department. In short, the 2020 Creta really does feel new in almost every way.

5. What alternatives do you have?

With a price ranging from Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2020 Creta competes against the likes of the Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.