Here comes news of another SUV making its ASEAN debut – the 2021 Hyundai Creta compact SUV. No, this is not a renamed Hyundai Tucson for the region, but yes, the 2021 Hyundai Creta is literally facelifted with the front fascia of the latest Hyundai Tucson! The model made its world premiere at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2021 (GIIAS)
The Hyundai Creta is rather foreign to us here in Malaysia, as it was never offered by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM). However, its cousin from the smaller affiliate, the Kia Seltos, shares plenty with this compact SUV measuring 4.3 m by 1.79 m.
Locally, these dimensions put the Hyundai Creta similar in size with the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and the segment leader, the Proton X50.
Having the stylistic front design of the Hyundai Tucson on the new Creta certainly makes it stand out from the crowd. Similar to the larger SUV, the facelifted Creta features a Parametric Jewel Pattern grille with the DRLs hidden within the grille.
Main lighting units are in halogen or LED technology housed at the corners of the front bumper. Hyundai Motors Indonesia has also included a set of bodykit for the range-topping Prime variant, creating a two-tone silver-and-red effect at the lower extremities of the new Creta. The facelift is completed with a new design on the two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Inside, the facelifted Hyundai Creta is fitted with many standard items, such as an electric parking brake, rear air conditioning vents, rear USB charging ports, armrests and a full-featured eight-inch central infotainment display with touchscreen control and wireless smartphone integration. Hyundai Motors Indonesia’s Bluelink smart telematics feature is however only available in all except the base Active variant.
As always, the range-topping Prime variant gets all the niceties such as panoramic sunroof, shift paddles, enhanced personal lighting and the full suite of Hyundai SmartSense ADAS that adds High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.
Powering the Hyundai Creta is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with outputs of 115 hp and 144 Nm, lower than its key rival. As always with the Indonesian market, a six-speed manual transmission is offered alongside a regular CVT transmission.
With so much technology and features, the new Hyundai Creta comes at a higher price level, with the range-topping Prime variant closed to IDR400 million (approx. RM116k), albeit still lower than the Honda HR-V 1.8 Prestige at IDR 409 million.
The entry-variant Hyundai Creta Active 6 M/T meanwhile can be had from IDR279 million (approx. RM82k), undercutting the Honda HR-V 1.5 M/T by circa IDR15 million (RM4.4k).