Say Hello To The Baby Hyundai Tucson

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This is the new Creta, which you can't have.

In the US, one of the smallest crossovers you can buy is the Hyundai Venue. It's offered all over the world, but in some of those markets, another very similar little crossover, albeit a slightly bigger one, exists in the Creta. It's getting a little long in the tooth now and is due for a refresh, which we reported on late last month after the Korean automaker revealed sketches indicating that this crossover would be styled in the same vein as the much larger and much more premium Hyundai Tucson. Those sketches have now been turned to reality, and the end result is rather attractive.

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Revealed at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), the new Creta looks almost identical to what those sketches suggested. As anyone who has seen the current Creta will attest, it's clear that almost exactly the same body has been retained - just with an all-new nose and an updated rear end. We're not complaining, but we do think that the Parametric grille suits larger vehicles better. Whatever your opinion on the looks, there's no denying that the new design is far more attention-grabbing, and in a world where designers seem to be moe interested in grabbing headlines for the now than creating classically beautiful machines, we can't expect much more than a design that wants to polarize public opinion.

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Inside is where the real benefit to the update is made apparent. A new 10.25-inch digital driver display replaces the old seven-inch screen, while a couple of climate-controlled storage options make this a great holiday vehicle. Both the center armrest bin and the traditional glovebox can chill your sodas while an available Bose sound system with eight speakers keeps everyone entertained on long road trips. Other available features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, a panoramic glass roof, and ambient lighting. As for performance, the Indonesian version launches with a single engine option. This 1.5-liter atmospheric four-pot produces an adequate 115 horsepower which is directed to the front axle through either a six-speed manual or a CVT.

The new Creta will still not be offered in the US, but we doubt anyone will be petitioning to change that.

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