South-Korean based Kia Motors will enter into Indian market in 2019. This newest automotive brand in India had showcased its entire range at the Auto Expo 2018. Aims to position itself as the premium brand, the carmaker will roll out its first premium product based on the SP compact SUV concept in the second half of 2019. Kia SP SUV concept was showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Based on the Creta platform, the SP will be positioned as a premium 5-seater SUV. In the premium compact SUV space, the Kia SP will lock horns against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.
Interestingly, Kia has already started working on the production version of the SP concept. In fact, a new image of an SUV has surfaced outside Kia’s headquarters in South Korea. The spotted model is expected to be the near production version of the SP concept. Measuring above 4-meters in length, the SUV will share features and design bits with its cousin sibling – the Hyundai Creta. Some of its design highlights include the signature ‘Tiger Nose’ front grille, sleek headlamps, large fog lamp assembly, muscular wheel arches and large tyres. Interestingly, the company is also considering a 7-seat version of this SUV that also uses the Creta platform. This architecture is compatible to both 5-seats and 7-seats layouts. Though, the 7-seater version will be rolled out at a later stage. Engine mechanics is also likely to be carried over from the Creta SUV. Check Out – Kia Cars at Auto Expo 2018
Kia SP SUV Concept Launch Date
The Korean brand had unveiled the new Kia SP SUV concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Kia’s new plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh will serve as production hub for the compact SUV. This manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 3,00,000 units. While the production will be commenced in September 2019, the launch might happen before 2018 festive season. We will update our readers as soon as Kia announces its launch details. Read More – Upcoming Kia Cars In India
Kia SP SUV Concept Price
Kia Motors is aiming to establish itself as a premium brand. The SP concept based SUV is expected to be priced slightly higher than its immediate competitors. With Hyundai Creta & Renault Captur in its sight, it is estimated to be priced between 11 lakh and 17 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – Kia Rio To Challenge Maruti Baleno in India
Kia SP SUV Concept Design
The Kia SP Concept previews the company’s future compact SUV developed for the Indian market. The Creta’s sibling carries aggressive and bold stance. Upfront, the car features slim headlamps that pushed back all the way to middle of wheel arch. It also gets Kia’s hallmark tiger-nose grille, sculpted bonnet and aggressive front bumper. There are air-scoops below the headlamps that further add to its sporty character. Check Out: Kia Soul Electric Compact SUV – Pictures & Details
Enhancing its sporty side appearance are muscular fenders, multi-spoke alloy wheels, sleeker ORVMs and greenhouse areas and flush door handles. There is a rising chrome beltline merging into the tail-light. Round the back, the SUV gets sharp wraparound tail-lamps that connect to the shoulders. It also gets big rear bumper, a faux skid plate and a chrome thin bar on the tailgate that interconnected the tail-lamps. The tapered down roofline further accentuates it a sporty character, while the roof and spoiler are painted in a contrasting colour. Read More About – Kia Sorento | Kia Sportage
Kia SP SUV Concept Specifications
Engine setup of the new Kia compact SUV will be carried over from the Hyundai Creta. That means, there could be two diesel powertrains -a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi and a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi – and a 1.6-litre Gamma petrol unit. The 1.4L and 1.6L oil burners deliver a maximum power of 89bhp with 220Nm of torque and 126bhp with 259Nm of torque respectively. On the other hand, the gasoline unit generates a top power of 121bhp and 151Nm of torque. Kia might also offer a 1.4-litre petrol engine on the SUV. Transmission duties on the car are likely to be performed by a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.