Kia SP Concept made its world premiere at the Auto Expo 2018. Kia is showcasing a total of 16 global models to mark its debut in the Indian market at the auto show. The SP Concept is designed specifically designed for the Indian market.
Kia SP concept gives a clear glimpse of what the Korean manufacturer plans to introduce by second half of 2019. In terms of styling the SUV looks wide and bold with Kia’s unique design DNA. A raised bonnet in conjunction with the ‘tiger nose’ grille accentuates the boxy style. KIA SP concept is a perfect blend of sophisticated beauty, breakthrough technology and high functionality. The long hood profile gives the compact SUV a sporty and stable stance.
At the front, the lamp design meets slim graphics and functionality through a top and bottom headlamp connected to a wide front grille, the Daytime Running lamp in high-tech graphics and positioning lamps leading to the inside of the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille, helps produce differentiated images during the day / night.
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation, commented, “Over the last few years, SUVs have become the vehicle-of-choice among Indian buyers. Combining the comfort and space of a sedan with the ability to tackle all kinds of terrain, we intend to storm the market with an SUV that will set new parameters in motoring. It’s still a concept – so it’s a little bit exaggerated – but the actual production car will be very close to what you see here at AutoExpo 2018.”Interiors with Eye-catching, high-tech elements and modern and trendy cabin design make the interior of the SP Concept an oasis for young trend-setters. Kia SP concept is equipped with features like two-spoke multifunction steering wheel, dual-display setup for the virtual instrument cluster and the infotainment system, multicolour ambient lighting in the door panels, touch-operated climate control panel, an electric parking brake and a drive mode selector.
Engine specifications have not been disclosed yet. However Kia SP Concept’s production version is expected to ride on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta, it is expected to get the 1.6L diesel and 1.6L petrol mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic tansmission. Kia will build it in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh and launch it in the second half of 2019.
Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO, Kia Motors India (KMI), said, “Kia Motors is delighted to enter India, which is all set to catapult into the world’s fifth largest economy this year*. We at KMI are thrilled to start operations at such a favorable time, and additional forecasts predict that India will be amongst the world’s largest car markets in a few years. We are here in India to be part of that success story, which has been put into motion by progressive government policies and decision making. And we are here to win trust and hearts of the people, while providing the country with stylish and differentiated motoring options.
Kia’s long-term objective being to replicate the success we have come to be associated with the world over and, as we say at Kia, ensure that, ‘The Power to Surprise’ is reflected in everything that we do in India.”