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Hyundai Creta Crossover Debuts in India with 1.6-Liter Gas Engine

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/29/2015 Kelly Pleskot

After teasing us all month, Hyundai finally took the covers off its first subcompact crossover. The Creta made its global debut in India, showing off a rather conventional body design and three powertrain options.

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Now that we see the Creta in its final form, we can't help but notice its similarities to Hyundai's ix25 concept revealed last year in Beijing. The Creta adopts a hexagonal grille similar to the nose on that concept as well as on the new 2016 Tucson and Santa Fe Sport. Under the hood, the Creta features a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 121 hp. Two diesel engines are also available, including a 126-hp 1.6-liter engine and a smaller 1.4-liter unit. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Along with the use of high-strength steels, Hyundai utilized a "Hive" design for the Creta's chassis to enhance safety. The pillars are all connected in a ring-like layout to form a strong, protective shell, which increases body stiffness and thereby promises better handling on the road. Hyundai also says it has added sound absorption materials to reduce noise and vibration.

Hyundai Creta© Provided by MotorTrend Hyundai Creta Hyundai hasn't yet showed off the Creta's interior, but we have a good idea of what to expect. In India, the Creta offers LED positioning lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, navigation, a 5-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, push-button start, rearview camera, and steering wheel-mounted controls. Safety features include dual airbags, side and curtain airbags, ESC, ABS, and hill start assist.

The Creta heads to dealerships in India sometime later this year. After its debut there, it will arrive in other markets around the world. We still don't know if it's coming to the U.S., but based on the interest garnered by other subcompact crossovers like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Chevrolet Trax, we wouldn't be surprised.

Source: Hyundai

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