Due to the high demand, the entry-level 1.4-litre diesel version of the Hyundai Creta has a waiting period of six months
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has the Creta as one of its top three selling models in the domestic market. Launched back in July 2015, the Creta carved a niche of its own just as the Elite i20 and went on to set new records. To sustain the sales momentum, Hyundai introduced a mid-life facelift of the Creta in May 2018 and it has helped in maintaining its over 10,000 unit sales.
The Creta is sold in E, E Plus, S and SX variants and courtesy of three powertrain options, it offers a wide range for customers to choose from. Currently, priced between Rs. 9.6 lakh and Rs. 15.65 lakh (ex-showroom), the Creta received one lakh bookings in just eight months of its initial launch while two lakh sales were reached in just over two years.
After attaining three lakh unit sales in less than three years of its market entry, Hyundai recently revealed that combined sales milestone of five lakh was achieved with our domestic market contributing to more than 3,70,000 units since 2015 and the export markets were responsible for 1,40,000 units. The Creta’s sales have largely been consistent in recent years and consequently the demand.
The entry-level E Plus 1.4 CRDI and S 1.4 CRDI are priced at Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 11.91 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. Since they are mostly sought after by customers, their waiting period soars at about as much as six months. The 1.6 base trim, on the other hand, has a waiting period of four to six weeks.
The 1.4-litre CRDI diesel engine produces 89 bhp of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm of peak torque delivered at 1,500 rpm. The bigger 1.6-litre unit generates 126 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The solo 1.6-litre dual VTVT petrol motor is good enough to pump out 122 bhp at 6,400 rpm and 151 Nm at 4,850 rpm and is retailed only with a six-speed manual transmission.
The smaller diesel mill, offered in just two trims, can only be had with a six-speed manual gearbox while the bigger 1.6-litre engine gets the option of manual and automatic units.