Launched in the second half of March 2020, the second-generation Hyundai Creta seems to be flying off the shelves in spite of the ongoing pandemic situation. Recently, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second-largest car manufacturer and largest exporter of cars (by volumes) revealed that it has garnered over 55,000 bookings for the new model since it opened the order books earlier this year. And now, it has come to light that the new SUV has sold over 20,000 copies since its launch in the country.
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Thanks to the high demand for the new model, Hyundai India has even managed to minimize its losses on YoY basis in spite of a really poor car buying sentiment. It needs to be mentioned here that car sales across the country have been dealt a huge blow due to COVID-19 affecting various spheres of life. The resultant economic crisis and increased stress on social distancing practices are two of the biggest factors that have led to a drop in sales of new vehicles. However, demand for the new Creta is sufficiently high to help Hyundai report the least losses among its competitors.
The stellar sales performance from the new-gen Hyundai Creta is owing to several traits of the new model, including a thoroughly modern design, increased dimensions, engines that offer a good mix of performance and fuel efficiency, and a long list of features. Moreover, smart variant distribution and clever pricing have also played an important role in the popularity of the SUV. Prices of the new Creta start at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for both petrol and diesel engine variants, which is pretty much the same as what you would have paid for the entry-level last-gen Creta. However, in the case of the new Creta, while prices of base-level petrol and diesel engine variants are the same, the former comes in EX trim, but the latter is available in the bare-based E trim.
Furthermore, even on the top-end of the variant lineup, there is a very high interest from buyers due to the many features the new SUV comes with. The highlight of the equipment lists include a panoramic electric sunroof, all-LED headlights, ventilated front seats, 10.24-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, BlueLink connected apps and a semi-digital speedo console. Yet another highlight of the entire package is the 1.4-litre Turbo petrol option that outputs a maximum power of 140 PS and a peak torque of 242 Nm. It is the most powerful engine option for the Creta and comes mated to a 7-speed DCT. While the demand for this variant isn’t very strong, it surely appeals to the driving enthusiasts.