Kia SP Concept based compact SUV is confirmed to launch in India next year. It will cost in-between INR 9 Lakh to 15 Lakh and hence rival the Hyundai Creta and other players in the compact SUV segment.
Kia Motors have confirmed that they are going to launch their first product in India, a compact SUV based on the Kia SP Concept. The launch of this vehicle is scheduled for second half of 2019. This urban SUV is going to use the same platform, engine specifications and a major chunk of its components with the Hyundai Creta. Not only this, but we are estimating it to be priced close to the Creta, within the bracket of INR 9 lakh to 15 lakh. Hence, making it compete in the segment of compact urban SUV. In this article, we tell you everything that we know so far about the Kia SP Concept and the SUV that it is going to spawn.
KIA SP Concept SUV- 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.
|Launch Date (expected)||Second Half 2019|
KIA SP Concept SUV- 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.
|Expected Prices||INR 9 lakh – INR 14 lakh|
KIA SP Concept SUV- 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.
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KIA SP Concept SUV- 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 SUV- Competition
As mentioned before, the SP concept based SUV is going to cost in-between the mark of INR 9 lakh to 14 lakh. As a result of this, it will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Jeep Renegade.
- Hyundai Creta
- Renault Duster
- Nissan Terrano
- Mahindra Scorpio
- 2018 Jeep Renegade
Kia SP Concept SUV- Overview
|Model||Kia SP Concept SUV|
|Launch Date||Festive Season 2019|
|Price||INR 9 Lakh to INR 15 Lakh|
|Fuel||Petrol / Diesel|
|Engine||1.6-litre VTVT / 1.6-litre CRDi|
|Power||121 BHP / 126 BHP|
|Torque||154 Nm / 265 BHP|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Auto|
|Mileage||14-15km/l / 19-20km/l|
|Features||Touchscreen Infotainment System, Auto Climate, Projector headlamps, LED DRLs, Alloy Wheels|
|Safety Features||Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Reverse Parking Sensors, Reverse Parking Camera|
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