Kia Motors unveiled its entire range for the Indian market at the Auto Expo in February, 2018. The South Korean carmaker also confirmed that its first product will be a compact SUV based on the SP concept that made its debut at the biennial event. In India, the Kia SP will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster and Captur.
Kia SP Spy Pictures
While the launch of the SUV is scheduled to happen by mid 2019, the first spy pictures its production-spec model have been emerged on the web. Though, the spotted model is a Left-hand-drive (LHD) version with heavy camouflage produced for the export markets.
Unlike the concept avatar that features rectangular tiger-nose grille, the production-ready model wears Geely inspired grille. Though, it is likely to retain most of its design bits from the concept version. Some of key elements of the SP concept include aggressive front bumper, bold fenders, flush door handles, multi-spoke alloys and sharp wraparound taillamps. Read More – Upcoming Kia Cars In India
Kia SP Concept Picture Gallery
Currently, Kia is setting up its production plant at Yerramanchi village at Penugonda mandal of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. The carmaker had inked deal with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in April, 2017. Under this alliance, the company will produce three lakh vehicles on annual basis with a total investment of Rs 13,000 crore and provide employment opportunities to 11,000 people (including 4,000 direct jobs). Read About – Kia Sportage| Kia Stonic | Kia Stinger GT
The South Korean carmaker also confirmed that it will introduce a range of new vehicles (including India-specific compact electric car) between 2019 – 2021. At the Auto Expo 2018, the carmaker unveiled the Rio hatchback, Carnivall 7-seater crossover, Stinger GT, Soul electric compact SUV and Optima plug-in hybrid. Reports suggest that Kia will launch the Rio hatchback in India to challenge Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Swift.
Latest Video – Kia SP Concept At Auto Expo 2018