The cat’s out of the bag at this point that Hyundai will be re-launching its brand here in the Philippines. The South Korean automaker now be handled by Hyundai Motor Company from South Korea, and the new company will be Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH). Its outgoing distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), will now solely handle the brand’s commercial vehicles business. One of its first core models will be the 2023 Hyundai Creta–a subcompact crossover SUV that aims to compete with the likes of the Honda HR-V and Toyota Corolla Cross.
Interestingly, a reader has sent to us the full specs of the Philippine-market 2023 Hyundai Creta, and no stone in this spec sheet was left unturned. There’ll be three variants to choose from: GL M/T, GL IVT, and GLS IVT. IVT, or Intelligent Variable Transmission, is Hyundai’s marketing speak for its continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In case you’re wondering, we’re getting the latest facelift of the Hyundai Creta, which means it comes with the brand’s latest Parametric Jewel grille that made its debut in the all-new Tucson. In the IVT-equipped variants, the front end incorporates LED headlights with LED daytime running light that are hidden in the grille–likewise similar to what’s found in the Tucson–as well as roof rails. There are also LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels across all variants, while only the top trim GLS IVT comes with two-tone paint and two-tone 17-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2023 Hyundai Creta has been overhauled for its facelift, as it now comes with a more modern design and more high-tech goodies. The base GL M/T makes do with fabric upholstery, urethane steering, manual airconditioning, and analog gauges, though it benefits from an electronic parking brake. On the other hand, the mid-level GL IVT benefits from smart entry with push-button start, leatherette upholstery and steering, 10.25-inch digital gauges, and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lastly, the top trim GLS IVT geta a cooled glovebox, auto climate control, and wireless charging.
As for powertrains, all three variants of the Creta come with a 1.5-liter Smartstream-G four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 115 hp and 143 Nm of torque. This drives the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or an IVT (aka Hyundai’s marketing speak for their CVT).
Safety is also a strength for the new Hyundai Creta, with all variants coming with ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, dual SRS airbags, and hill start assist. Splurging for the GL IVT adds a reverse camera and rear seat alert, while the top trim GLS IVT benefits from a comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance tech that ranges from automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning with collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, Lane Following Assist (lane centering), and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Based on these specs, the 2023 Hyundai Creta is shaping up to be a formidable competitor in the subcompact SUV segment, but of course, this will boil down to how much it will cost. Here are the prices and the full spec sheet of Hyundai’s entry into the subcompact SUV segment, though it must be noted that nothing has been confirmed to be final at this point:
- GL M/T: P998,000
- GL IVT: P1,170,000
- GLS IVT: P1,323,000