A couple of months ago, the Koreans announced the expected start date for the Korean compact crossover serial assembly. Hyundai Crete, and then it was about the third quarter of 2016, that is, about September-October. According to the updated data, the dates were postponed for two months, and production will start in the near June.
Immediately after the announcement of this, Koreans graciously shared photos from the assembly shops of the St. Petersburg plant "Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus" with users of the official brand club. These are snapshots of pre-production samples. Test batch Hyundai Crete started releasing a month ago. It is said that the company is currently assembling a car in the base and middle trim levels.
A similar crossover is available for the Chinese market under a slightly different name; in the Celestial Empire, this car is called Hyundai ix25. It is known that the Russian version will have a limited, as compared with the “Chinese”, kit. This is done to maximize the possible price tag for Russians affected by the economic crisis. For example, a panoramic roof with an integrated sunroof, available from the “Chinese”, will not be installed in “our” Creta, as well as the front row seats will not be ventilated either. But over time, it is possible that the plant will also assemble "not trimmed" crossover configurations, the same as in China.
Those cars that are assembled today at the St. Petersburg plant are pre-production copies that will never go to dealers. They are collected for testing, and after they are completed, they will be used for corporate needs only by company employees, as well as car dealerships, but again for testing tests, and not for sales. Testing of the first pre-serials, by the way, is still ongoing.
Hyundai Crete Crossover Developed by developers in the Russian car market primarily as a budget car. Therefore, the panoramic roof, as it were, is not needed, because it costs a lot. And besides, Koreans do not want to create additional competition in the crossover segment Hyundai Tucson, classes of cars are different, but in the maximum body kit they are almost compared in price.
Therefore, it’s not on the "luxury" that the development has focused today, but on the quality and прочности кузова Hyundai Crete.
Body in Hyundai Crete will be even stronger than the Solaris and Kia Rio, which are also produced at the same plant.
The official premiere of the new compact crossover will be held at the August Moscow Motor Show. Immediately after this, dealers will be able to start selling. Hyundai Crete. The car will be offered with both front and all-wheel drive. Under the hood, he will have two 1.6 and 2.0-liter gasoline engines, the power of which the Koreans are still silent. They are silent about the price tags.