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Freshly created – updated Hyundai Cretas for 2023î

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hyundai’s Creta, the automaker says, has been given a styling makeover which – with its standard features and ride qualities – will continue to make the SUV a popular choice in the South African automobile market.

There are three derivatives and two specification levels: Premium and Executive with, at launch, a 1.5-litre petrol engine and what Hyundai calls “an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)” .

2022 HYUNDAI CRETA – landed in South Africa

The first-generation Creta, back in 2017, was a volume seller in Hyundai SA’s SUV range but was facelifted in 2018, followed by another upgrade, assembled in Indonesia, with “a very neat redesign”.

ALLOY WHEEL RIMS

The 2022 Creta, The Corner was told, has fresh exterior styling focussing on grille and headlights – (halogen for Premium derivatives, LED for the Executive – sitting below the outer edge of the new grille. There’s also a silver inset that runs from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

New 17″ alloy wheel rims, complete the picture, the shell decorated in a choice of six body colours.

The cabin is described as ‘spacious’ spacious, front and rear, the latter with a central armrest. The driving seat’s height can be adjusted, as can the steering range. Seat trim is available in black cloth for the Premium models, black faux leather for the Executive.

CONVENIENCE FEATURES

The “minimalistic” centre console and instrument panel, Hyundai says “is impressive and creates tranquillity”. From it springs a multifunction steering-wheel with remote control buttons for the infotainment system, trip data computer, cruise control, and with a wireless charging pad (Executive units).

A button for the Bluetooth phone is on the steering-wheel while the Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity is on the 20cm touchscreen. Rear sensors and camera will help with parking through the touchscreen.

HOW ABOUT THE ENGINE…?

One is a naturally aspirated, four-cylinder displacing 1497cc and making 84W to spin a six-speed manual or automatic transmission sending torque to the front wheels. The other is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated also making 84kW but at 6300rpm with 144Nm appyimg maximum torque at 4500rpm and fed by. Hyundai has equipped the 1.5-litre petrol engine with two injectors per cylinder.

All of which is said to give “a firm, yet comfortable, ride on tar or gravel”. The McPherson strut front suspension and coupled torsion beam axle (CTBA) for the rear wheels, Hyundai says, “tuned to give the Creta a more solid, surefooted, feeling on either surface” has 20cm clearance.

WHAT ABOUT CRASH PROTECTION?

Front and side airbags for driver and front passenger and two air curtains handle that and IsoFix anchors. IsoFix child seat attachments on the outer rear seats are standard, as well as three-point inertia-reel belts for adults.

Electronic Stability control will, Hyundai says, ensures control on difficult road conditions and there are tyre-pressure monitors.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Hyundai Creta 1.5 Premium manual – R409 900

Hyundai Creta 1.5 Premium IVT – R429 900

Hyundai Creta 1.5 Executive IVT – R469 900

Each Creta will be delivered with a seven-year or 200 000km (wcf) manufacturer’s warranty; a four-year or 60 000km (wcf) service plan, and roadside assistance for seven years or 150 000km.

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