South Korean car maker Hyundai has given the world a sneak peak at its upcoming sub-compact Hyundai Creta crossover.
Designed to slot in underneath the new Tucson, the Creta takes Hyundai’s current SUV design philosophy and scales it down a size. In addition to a bold three bar grille, prominent wheel arches and a diving character line down the flanks, there’s also a blacked out A-pillar.
The Creta, like the second-generation i20 before it, will make its debut in India. The crossover’s worldwide rollout begins with a launch event sometime in the second half of 2015.
Like the hatchback, the high-riding Creta will be an important product as Hyundai seeks to expand its presence in the world’s second most populous nation. It will also give the brand a product in one of the fastest growing market segments across the globe.
Few details are known about the Creta’s mechanical package, but it’s believed to be closely related to the Chinese-market ix25 (above). The ix25 measures 4.27 metres long, 1.78m wide, 1.63 tall and rides on a 2.59m wheelbase. That’s within a few centimetres of the Holden Trax and Ford EcoSport.
The new Creta is slated for sale around the world, although it’s not certain when or if the crossover will arrive in Australia.
Bill Thomas, Hyundai Australia’s head of public relations, told CarAdvice, “It’s too early to say whether we’ll get this car or not”.