Korean carmaker Kia Motors is gearing up for its launch within the Indian market, with their first product being the SP2i SUV. The SP2i was first showcased in idea type on the 2018 Auto Expo; and the production-spec model is prone to be revealed in April, on the 2019 New York auto present. There’s a sportier model of the SP within the works too, which can additionally make its option to India in 2020. Kia has additionally commenced trial manufacturing of the SP2i on the model’s new plant in Andhra Pradesh in January 2019, the place they displayed a pre-production model of the SUV. Whereas key particulars of the Kia SP2i are nonetheless below wraps, right here are some things that we all know concerning the automobile producer's first SUV in India.
Kia SP2i Exterior
Kia showcased a camouflaged pre-production check mule of the SP2i at their manufacturing unit in January, 2019. This revealed some key styling particulars that the SP2i SUV will function, comparable to a dual-headlamp set-up, Kia’s ‘Tiger Nostril’ grille design, a outstanding shoulder line and glasshouse. The Kia can also be prone to get segment-leading tyre measurement with gunmetal gray completed alloy wheels, that are anticipated to be supplied on the top-spec trim. The sportier model of the Kia SP SUV might be differentiated from the usual with a physique equipment in addition to a racier trim on the within.
Kia SP2i Inside
The Kia SP2i’s cabin is anticipated to be well-appointed and embody some segment-first features as nicely. Tools on provide is prone to embody a big touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree digicam, wi-fi charging and in-car WiFi. A head-up show, an ambient lighting bundle and a completely digital instrument cluster (as seen on the idea) are additionally mentioned to be on provide on the top-spec model of the ultimate product. Furthermore, paddleshifters are additionally anticipated for the automated variations.
Kia SP2i Powertrain particulars
Underneath the hood, the SP2i is anticipated to function both a 1.5-litre petrol or a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Each engine choices are prone to be BS-IV-compliant at launch and might be upgraded to fulfill the BS-VI norms near the official deadline of April 1, 2020. Each engines might be out there with a selection of guide and automated gearboxes. The sporty model of the Kia SP2i in improvement will be powered by a 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit.
Kia SP2i Launch and Anticipated Value
Kia will formally enter the Indian market with the launch of the production-spec SP2i, someday within the second half of 2019. In response to Kia, the SP2i SUV is anticipated to be priced within the area of Rs 10-16 lakh (ex-showroom).
Kia SP2i Rivals
Judging by its measurement and anticipated worth, the Kia SP2i is aimed squarely on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Nissan Kicks, the Renault Captur and the Tata Harrier. It should additionally compete in opposition to decrease variants of the Jeep Compass and the upcoming MG Hector.