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Competition check: 2018 Hyundai Creta

May 21, 2018, 04:09 PM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Competition check: 2018 Hyundai Creta

Post much wait, Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai, has introduced the 2018 Creta in India at a starting price of Rs 9.43 lakhs. The SUV is now available with a fresh set of cosmetic and feature upgrades. Mechanically, it continues to be powered by existing petrol and diesel engine options. In addition to the existing colour options, the new Creta is also available in new shades of passion orange, marina blue and fiery red. The new model is available in E, E+, S, SX, SX dual tone, and SX (O) variants. The new model now costs an additional five to ten per cent over the regular model.
Here below is a list of cars that lock horns with the new Creta -

Nissan Terrano

The Nissan Terrano last received an update in 2017. The grille gets a lot of chrome with trapezoid chrome strips on either side of the bold logo and dual-barrel square headlamps with blacked-out insides that complements the grille. The interior shares resemblance with the Duster. The vehicle is available in petrol as well as diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre dCi engine will be available in two different grades - 85bhp base variant and 110bhp for the top spec version. The petrol version gets a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit that generates 102bhp and 145Nm of torque.   

Mahindra Scorpio

Last updated in 2017, the new model is offered with a host of innovative technologies in the form of Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosense and Emergency Call. Apart from the standard 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates 140bhp and 330Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission, the SUV is also offered with a petrol engine option for the first time. The new 2.2-litre mHawk petrol variant generates 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. The SUV sits on a set of new 17-inch alloys.    

Renault Captur

Renault Captur, the company’s first vehicle to be based on the new design language is built on the BO platform. The five-seat premium crossover has been positioned over the Duster SUV in the country. Unlike the traditional square lines, the Renault Captur gets curvy-body lines and flared wheel arches. The rising hemline gives the roof a coupe-like effect, while the front gets a horizontally slotted smiley grille with Renault’s diamond logo at the centre. The vehicle gets 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options from the Duster.   

Mahindra XUV500

The updated XUV500 gets a new fascia with a refreshed radiator grille and mesh motif decorated with chrome inserts. The grille extends over to the air-dam which is different from the current model that is encompassed in a chrome finish. The headlights have been tweaked and get projectors with LED day-time-running-lights strip on top. The fog lamp design appears to be the same as on the older car but there is a subtle deletion of chrome around it. At the rear, the tailgate has undergone a comprehensive update. The tail lights are triangular in shape with a new LED signature lighting. It extends on to the tailgate instead of being wrap-around. The new tailgate spoiler gets a newly integrated stoplight as well. Under the hood, it gets the same 2.2-litre mHawk four-cylinder diesel engine which is uprated from 140bhp and 330Nm to 155bhp and 360Nm and can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. You also get the XUV500 with petrol power with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 140bhp/320Nm and is offered only with a six-speed automatic.

Tata Hexa

Tata Hexa is the modern SUV face for the Indian utility car manufacturer. Based on Tata’s new design language, the HorizonNext, the build quality for the SUV matches modern benchmarks. The Hexa gets a sporty design which continues to the rear as well. The rear bumper, with dual exhaust tips, gets a dual-tone paint scheme with a new shape for the reflectors. The tail lamps are horizontal and come with LED units. A new spoiler can also be seen at the back. The vehicle sits on the 19-inch alloy wheels.

Ford Ecosport

The new Ford EcoSport gets a new front-end and features a large trapezoidal grille with the Blue Oval logo. The vehicle gets an updated interior layout in the form of an all-black treatment with some silver and piano black trim bits for contrast. Recently, the company expanded the EcoSport lineup in India with the launch of two new editions in the country – the EcoSport S and the EcoSport Signature edition. The new variants are available in petrol and diesel engine options and is based on the Titanium variant. Changes are limited to the cosmetic upgrades, while mechanically it gets different petrol engine options. Both the variants are limited to a manual transmission. Both variants get sunroof, 17-inch alloys, eight-inch infotainment system and more. The EcoSport S gets the older 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, EcoBoost engine.  

Renault Duster

The Renault Duster is currently offered in ten diesel and two petrol variants. The facelifted Renault Duster was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 and comes with a redone fascia. It gets a new grille, revised headlamp design as well as a new design for the air intake in front. It also gets new front and rear scuff plates, revised tail lamp assembly and 16-inch wheels. The new Duster offers new seat upholstery options, power windows with anti-pinch and a contemporary multifunction steering wheel. It will also get navigation and Bluetooth connectivity like the current car.

Toyota Innova Crysta

The base variant of the Innova Crysta is available in seven and eight seat options and is priced under Rs 15 lakhs. The MPV gets twin horizontal slats on the radiator grille paired with the wrap around rectangular double-barrel headlamps. The lower half of the hexagonal grille gets thin black slats and is flanked by the fog lamps housings on both sides. The headlights are projector units, and there is an addition of DRLs in this new version. The vehicle gets an all-new 2.4-litre diesel unit producing 147bhp and 343Nm of torque. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the engine sends power to the rear wheels.

Jeep Compass

The SUV has been pretty fast in rising as a strong player against other D-segment cars in the country. The SUV has been designed to look like a baby Grand Cherokee with influences from the Jeep Renegade. It gets the typical vertically slatted wide grille, high mounted headlamps and the macho front bumper with the blacked out bash plate. The side profile gets a prominent shoulder line, squared wheel arches and a thick D-pillar to complete the twin-cab five seater SUV look. The clear lens tail lamps at the back look sporty, complementing the decked up tailgate and large bumper. The diesel variant gets a 2.0-litre MultiJet II engine that generates 170bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, while the petrol version is powered by a 1.4-litre Multiair engine that generates 160bhp of power and 250Nm of torque.

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