Kia reveals SP Signature concept at seoul Motor Show
· Kia SP will be the first SUV of the South Korean brand to be launched in the Indian market
· Kia's first manufacturing plant in India is underway at Anantpur
· SP SUV will be offered with two engine options - 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel
· Kia is also working on a sportier version of the SP SUV
The South Korean automaker unveiled the SP signature SUV at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show. Kia Motorsshowcased the SP Concept at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo and the SUV attracted a lot of eyeballs there. SP Concept will be the first vehicle to be launched by Kia in the Indian market and a number of test mules have already been spied testing in India. The displayed SP Signature Concept shares a lot of resemblance to the near-production ready SP2i SUV which will be manufactured at Kia Motors India's first manufacturing plant at Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh.
The SP Signature Concept reveals a number of design elements and features that will make their way on the production-spec SP2i SUV. SP Signature Concept still carries the dual-tone wing mirrors, dual-tone colour scheme, Tiger-nose grill, LED lights and the big 19-inch wheels. But, the SP Signature Concept is also a bit different than the Kia SP Concept showcased in Delhi. The SUV will be made available in two engine options - 1.5-litre Petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. Both the engines will be BS-VI ready, however, will be BS-IV compliant at the time of India launch. The engines will get a manual and automatic gearbox options. Kia might introduce a sportier version of the car with an automatic 7-speed, dual-clutch gearbox equipped with paddle-shifters for the enthusiastic drivers.
Kia cars are known for their futuristic designs, cutting-edge technology, great packaging and practicality. This assures that SP2i's interiors will be high on quality and it will also receive some segment first features. The interiors may get a fully digital instrument cluster, a large infotainment screen, ambient lighting, wireless charging and front-rear parking cameras. Kia is expected to launch the SP SUV at a price tag between Rs. 14 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV will be up against Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier and Renault Captur.