The B-segment SUV market in Malaysia gets another contender soon with the addition of the Hyundai Creta later this month. The model, which has been part of the Hyundai range for developing and emerging markets, was first introduced in 2014.
It is now in its second generation which was launched in China (as the iX25) in 2019 and in ASEAN (Indonesia) early last year.
Though similarly sized as the more global Kona, the Creta is slightly longer and has a bold-looking front end somewhat like Mitsubishi Motors’ Dynamic Shield face. However, the ‘Parametric Jewel’ radiator grille is very much a Hyundai styling feature which is also seen in the latest models.
The daytime running lights are combined with the LED projector headlamps in trapezoidal recesses which are located more at the middle level rather than the traditional position just below the edge of the bonnet line.
As with other modern SUVs, the dashboard has two digital display panels. The driver has a 10.25-inch TFT LCD screen as an instrument panel and the infotainment system uses the 8-inch touchscreen in the centre. Maximum connectivity is provided with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so many of the favourite apps from your smartphone can be mirrored on the screen and accessed from there.
There will be a comprehensive Hyundai SmartSense suite with active safety systems to help the driver be aware of dangers and also to avoid them. The systems not only cover the forward area but also behind the vehicle.
For example, Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist will alert the driver of vehicles approaching from either side when reversing out of a parking bay. Safe Exit Warning uses the same sensors as the Blind Spot Warning system to warn when opening the door and a vehicle is coming up.
ASEAN NCAP conducted tests on the latest Creta (Indonesian version) in December last year at its PC3 facility in Melaka. Awarded the maximum rating of 5 stars, the model was the first Hyundai SUV to be assessed by ASEAN NCAP and was able to meet the new and tougher 2021-2025 protocol.
The ASEAN markets have only a 1.5-litre Smartstream MPI petrol engine with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) system. This produces 115 ps/143.8 Nm and there are 4 Drive Modes (Eco, Comfort, Smart, Sport) to optimize engine characteristics for different conditions or preferences.
“With so much practicality and space contained within a compact footprint, it’s not difficult to see why SUVs continue to rise in popularity, both globally and in Malaysia. The Hyundai Creta illustrates this perfectly, and we look forward to giving Malaysians more choices in the realm of SUVs upon its introduction, which is just around the corner,” said Sime Darby Motors Managing Director of Retail and Distribution for Malaysia, Jeffrey Gan.
Although the price (only one variant available) is not given yet, customers can start booking the Creta with a deposit of RM1,000. There’s a choice of 4 body colours – Midnight Black Pearl, Titan Grey Metallic, Creamy White Pearl and Dragon Red Pearl.