150608_Hyundai Motor unveils first rendering of Creta subcompact SUV

Last week, Hyundai revealed that it was gunning for a slice of the burgeoning B-segment market currently dominated by the Honda HR-V, with a new model called the Hyundai Creta. Now, it’s shown us what it’s going to look like, and we’re feeling more than a hint of déjà vu.

From the swept back headlights (this time with Tucson-style twin projectors, likely LEDs), hexagonal grille, black lower body cladding and wraparound glass area with hidden A-pillar, it’s clear that the Creta will look almost identical to the Chinese-market ix25. Various reports from Chinese media have indicated that the latter would be a China-exclusive offering, but it appears the distinction will be mostly limited to the name.

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Set to be rolled out beginning in India from the second half of the year, the Creta will be sold globally, but with a reported focus on emerging Asian markets. It’s expected to feature powertrains shared with the ix25, such as a 123 hp/151 Nm 1.6 litre or 158 hp/192 Nm 2.0 litre petrol engine mated to either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Indians should also be able to choose a 1.4 litre diesel from the Verna (Accent).

So, Malaysians, if the Hyundai Creta does arrive on Malaysian shores, would you pick it over the HR-V, upcoming Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport or Peugeot 2008? Let us know in the comments after the jump!

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