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Hyundai Creta wins India Car of the Year

Asian-sourced sub-compact CUV destined for North America for 2017

Published: December 20, 2015, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 4, 2016, 6:03 PM

Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta has been named India’s Car of the Year, and the significance of the announcement is that at the time Hyundai launched Creta in India in July 2015, it also announced intentions to make the Creta a global model.

“The Creta truly expresses a new age for Hyundai Motor, setting new benchmarks in the industry,” said Y.K. Koo, managing director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India. “We are honored to win the most prestigious automotive award — the Indian Car of the Year 2016 for our Hyundai Creta, which is made in India and exported to different countries.”

North America already gets a relative of the Creta, in the Kia Soul. The Creta itself is built in India and in China, where it is marketed as the ix25 (which is based on the i20 supermini 5-door hatchback that is not only sold in world markets outside North America, but is also raced in the World Rally Championships).

Creta (named after the Greek island of Crete, and supposedly a play on the word “create”) will compete against the growing ranks of sub-compact crossovers that already includes the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul and Nissan Juke.

In the Indian market, the 5-seat Creta is powered by a 128-hp 1.6-litre diesel 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic. The ix25 also gets 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines, which are the engines that currently power Soul (making 130 hp and 164 hp, respectively).

It is expected that, like Soul, it will remain a strictly front-wheel drive model when it reaches our shores sometime in 2017.