Hyundai is certainly not resting on its laurels with the success of the Creta SUV. The South Korean auto maker has introduced a new automatic petrol variant to further strengthen its position on top of the sales charts as the leader of the SUV segment. The tremendous response received over the last few months would have played a key role in the launch of a new variant.
Since launching last September, it took only a few months to sweep past the Mahindra Bolero and the newly revealed petrol AT already has a minimum waiting period of 45 days. It will sold for a price tag of Rs. 12.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Creta petrol automatic is available on the top-end SX+ trim and comes feature packed. Adding a new variant makes all the sense as Hyundai filled up the existing void for a petrol automatic as until now the clutch-less setup was offered in the top-of-the-line diesel model only.
The bookings have already begun in the huge band of Hyundai dealerships across the nation. The Hyundai Creta petrol automatic gets the six-speed torque converter transmission coupled with a 1.6-litre engine.
This is the same powerplant that does duty in the Hyundai Verna sedan. It is capable of producing a maximum power output of 122 bhp and 154 Nm of peak torque.
The new petrol variant makes the Creta the only SUV in its segment to have such feature. Looking at rivals, the EcoSport’s 1.5-litre petrol automatic will give a good competition.
The SX+ AT comes packed with touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity, automatic climate control, diamond cut sporty alloy wheels, push-button start, projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, etc.
In order to capitalise on the growing popularity of automatic versions, a diesel variant in the S+ trim to undercut the SX+ AT could be introduced soon as well.