2020 Hyundai Creta has managed to garner over 14,000 pre-bookings since March 2, half of which were for the diesel variants.
Hyundai Motor India has just launched the second-generation Creta in India. According to the company, the customer response to the new SUV has been largely positive even since before the car was even launched. At the time of launching the new vehicle, the company revealed that it has garnered 14,000 pre-orders, with almost 50 per cent of all the bookings for the diesel version.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta is available in five trim levels - E, EX, S, SX, and SX (O). The prices start at Rs. 9.99 lakh and go up to 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The all-new SUV competes with Kia Seltos, Maruti S-Cross, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, and Jeep Compass.
The high demand for diesel variants comes in contrast with the current market trend. In recent times, Indian customers have been largely disinterested in diesel vehicles, due to their high price tags and high maintenance costs. Apart from that, diesel prices aren’t significantly cheaper than petrol, and the difference in fuel economy figures isn’t enough to justify the price difference between petrol-powered and diesel-powered versions of the car.
Plenty of manufacturers have dropped diesel vehicle from their line-up entirely, as the high cost of manufacturing of BSVI-compliant diesel doesn’t justify the customer demand. That, however, has led to a vacuum in the supply of diesel-powered vehicles. As such, buyers who prefer oil-burners are forced to look into other options. Still, most of the SUVs in the Indian market are still being offered with diesel powerplants, as the demand still exists in larger family vehicles. As such, it was a smart move from Hyundai to keep offering oil-burner across the majority of its line-up.
Nearly half the bookings received for the new Creta are for diesel variants
There are three engine options on offer in the new-gen Creta. The first one is a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel with 115 PS and 250 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual as standard and an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox. The second one is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit with 115 PS and 144 Nm. It can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic. The third option is a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, which generates 140 PS and 242 Nm. It is only offered with a 7-speed DCT automatic.