Kia is expected to launch the made-in-India SUV by late 2019 or early 2020.
With the Indian consumer’s new found love for South Korean automakers, Kia Motors sure was supposed to come ashore. Founded in 1944, Kia Motors has time and again proved its success in the market by bringing in segment-leading products. The Kia Stinger is one of the great examples that has been loved equally by both the media and consumers globally. In India, Kia Motors has set up a plant in Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh to locally manufacture their offerings. The plant has a capacity of producing 3,00,000 vehicles annually and the first ones to roll out include a mid-size SUV and a compact sedan. Kia also showcased the full-size SUV SP Concept at the 2018 Auto Expo and everybody loved it. With a positive response from its consumers, Kia is gunning ahead towards the launch of the full-size SUV. Read along to find out 5 unknown facts about the SP Concept.
KIA SP Concept – Launch
The Kia SP Concept is expected to go into production by mid-2019. If all goes well, the automaker might even launch their first SUV in the nation by the festive season of 2019. But, Kia is new here and however aspirational they might get, certain things might not go their way and we expect the launch of the SUV to be delayed to early 2020.
KIA SP Concept – Price
India being a price sensitive market, Kia Motors will have to work hard to keep the final cost in check. Reports online suggest a starting price for the upcoming SUV to be around INR 15 lakh with the top variant costing around INR 18 lakh. Comparing the price to its competitors, the Kia SUV costs a little more than Hyundai Creta but undercuts the Jeep Compass. This segment will also receive increased competition from local manufacturers like Tata and Mahindra.
KIA SP Concept – Specifications
Did you know that as of December 2015, Hyundai owns a major share in Kia Motor Corporation? This allows the company to use resources from each other to keep the research and development costs in check. The Kia SUV will most likely borrow its platform from the Hyundai Creta. The front fascia of the SP Concept follows the company’s design theme but since its an SUV, the design is much more intimidating and aggressive. The rear portion of the SP Concept derives cues from the Certa and the Sportage SUV.
KIA SP Concept – Features & Selling Points
In order to sell their product in a very competitive market, Kia might offer its customers loads of features in their cars. Indians sure love the long list of features on the brochure which was the sole reason for the success of the Mahindra XUV500. Taking cues from its Indian competitors, Kia might also offer a long list of features in their upcoming cars. The upcoming 5-seater SUV, for instance, is expected to carry the fully digital instrument cluster from the concept to production. Upon launch, the Kia SUV will be the only car in the segment to have such feature.
KIA SP Concept
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