Kia Motors has announced that they will launch their first vehicle in India sometime next year. Their first model will be an SUV, which will be based on the Kia SP Concept showcased in Auto Expo 2018. This compact SUV based on the Kia SP concept will take on the Hyundai Creta. Kia motors is a subsidiary brand of Hyundai motors, but will operate as an independent brand in India. Here is speculative render of the production model of the Kia SP Concept, which looks different from what was shown at Auto Expo. The SUV will be launched in the second half of 2019.
As the render indicates, many changes will be made to make the production version of the Kia SP Concept ready for the assembly line. The exterior design is on similar lines of the SP concept with sleek LED headlights and a large signature Kia grille. The render also shows blacked out pillars and chrome accents on the front with similar front bumper as shown in concept vehicle. Headlights are based on common design with LED auxiliary lights placed under main LED headlights to give a modern look.
The production model of the Kia SP concept will be based on a platform, similar to the one used by Hyundai Creta. The powertrain and engine options are also expected to be borrowed from its Hyundai rival. The Hyundai Creta is powered by three engine options- a 1.4-litre diesel, a 1.6-petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. However, updated versions of these engines, with a lower 1.5-litre capacity will be used on the Kia SP. The SUV will also meet the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) that goes into effect in October 2019.
The final production model of the Kia SP concept could be named the ‘Tusker’. Prices of the Kia Tusker are expected to be in thr range between Rs. 10-15 Lakhs. Kia Motors is setting up a manufacturing plant in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. The production facility will become operational by mid-2019. According to Kia Motors India’s marketing and sales head Manohar Bhat, the work on its first manufacturing unit is going on in full swing and it will have a capacity to produce approximately 3 lakh units annually.