Kia unveiled the SP Concept compact SUV earlier this year at the 2018 Auto Expo and the production version of the concept will be the first vehicle to bear the premium Korean carmaker’s badge on the Indian sub-continent. Now, designers at Korean design house, Koo Ki Sung studio have given their take on what the Hyundai-Creta rivalling SP Compact SUV could look like when it arrives on Indian roads in 2019.
The speculative render by the Korean design house shows a slightly watered down version of the SP Concept from Auto Expo 2018, with slight tweaks done to the design to make it more ready for production. The render by Koo Ki Sung studio is in line with Kia’s statement that the production-spec SP SUV’s styling would remain quite close to the concept SP’s design.
Up front, the rendered production-spec Kia SP retains the sleek LED headlights (though they have been toned down and look to be smaller in size) along with the large blacked-out grille with its chrome borders and blacked out pillars that were seen on the concept. The auxiliary LED lights that sit under the LED headlights have changed and look similar to what you would find in production cars today. The front bumper looks similar to the one on the concept SUV but is missing the vertical LED fog lights.
The production-spec Kia SP Concept will be underpinned by the same platform that is used by its future sister SUV and rival, the Hyundai Creta. The upcoming Kia SP is also expected to use the same powertrain options found on the Hyundai Creta though they are expected to be updated to meet the upcoming BS-VI emission norms that will go into effect in 2020. The Kia SP will also come packed with a host of safety features to meet the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) that go into effect in a few months’ time.
The production-spec Kia SP SUV, which could bear the name ‘Tusker’, will arrive in India in 2019 and will butt heads with the Hyundai Creta, Tata’s upcoming 5-seater Harrier SUV, the Renault Duster and Mahindra’s S201 SUV.