HYUNDAI CRETAIn recent years, Nepalese automotive industry has seen a lot of new vehicles entering the market. From top end performance luxury cars such as the Ford Mustang to the most affordable set of 4 wheels such as the TATA Nano, Nepal has become a platform for all kinds of automobiles. However, in this period of time, one of the cars to conquer the SUV segment in Nepal is Hyundai, the reason being, the fact that Hyundai understands what people desire.

Hyundai has been an early bloomer when it comes to SUVs with its original Tucson which was introduced back in 2004. The Tucson has had a huge success and the whole world loved it for what the car had to offer. Later in 2015, the Hyundai Creta was introduced to the world as a compact SUV. The Creta was definitely a stunner and you would be lying to yourself if you would say that you didn’t look at it twice when you saw it on the road. Fast forwarding to 2018, Hyundai has introduced its new facelifted Creta; tweaked to be the best and composed with many features which many cars in its segment have missed. From the larger perspective of design, performance, comfort and handling, to the smallest details such as seats, speedometer and car stereo, Hyundai has made a lot of improvements on the new Creta for 2018.

At the front of the new Creta, the chrome grille that we see on the older version has been replaced with Hyundai’s signature cascade grille that makes it look more aligned to its family design. In addition to that, the car is also equipped with bi-focal projector headlamps with DRLs that add a plus point on the premium department. To add cherry on top, the new Hyundai Creta comes in “Passion Orange” and “Marina Blue” which will catch a lot of attention. Comparing this to the old one, the new design cues are the major differentiator over the previous Hyundai Creta. Overall, the dimensions of 2018 Hyundai Creta remains unchanged but the front and rear bumpers get grey skid plates that add more ruggedness to the character of the Creta and give a more SUV resonance.

This year, Hyundai has hopped on to the bandwagon and thrown in a sunroof in the new Creta. There is no denying the wow factor this new addition brings to the table. It’s the usual electric sunroof with tilt and anti-pinch functions which is nothing extraordinary but the big benefit is that it makes the cabin feel even more airy than it is. What’s also new is the 17 inch alloy wheels which give the car more of a sporty profile than before.

On the inside, the dashboard of the new Creta is finished in black and grey. The touchscreen infotainment system is located centrally, making it within the reach of the driver and offers a good response to touch. It also supports Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror link, and comes with in-built navigation. On the fun side, Hyundai now also gives you a fitness tracker with the Creta what they call “H-BAND” that works like a proximity key fob – just in case you don’t want to carry around the bulky key during your fitness routines. The driver’s seat now features six-way electrical adjustment and the height of the Hyundai Creta further adds to give more sense of space inside the cabin. The second-row seats even get enough leg and headroom for a comfortable drive.

Under the hood, the new Hyundai Creta is being offered in 1.6L petrol, 1.4L diesel and 1.6L diesel engine options. Mechanically, there is not much difference on the Hyundai Creta facelift, the power delivery will be linear and a responsive gearbox as similar to previous ones’. The 1.6L petrol Creta chunks out 121 bhp @6400 RPM, where as its 1.4L diesel cousin chunks out 89 bhp @4000 RPM and 1.6L diesel chunks out 126 bhp @ 4000 RPM.




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