Kia will soon launch its first production car in the Indian market later this year. The first car from the brand will be based on the Kia SP Concept that made its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in India. Kia has now showcased the SP Signature Concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which is an evolution of the Kia SP Concept and looks close to the production version of the car that will be launched in the Indian market later this year.
The Kia SP Signature Concept looks very similar to the SP Concept showcased in India and gets a wide grille with sleek DRLs. The main headlamp cluster of the vehicle is located lower in the bumper of the car like most of the modern cars. However, there are many design highlights that will definitely not appear on the production version of the car. For example, the front lamps merge into the tiger nose grille, which looks quite futuristic. The grille also gets integrated Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).
On the side, the Kia SP Signature Concept gets a close-to-production shoulder line. The vehicle gets a floating-roof design that looks quite good and the tapered window line of the vehicle gives it a very aggressive look to the car. It also gets twin exhaust tips integrated to the bumper of the vehicle and a silver skid plate. The tail lamps get a thick chrome bar that merges into them to form a very modern design.
According to Kia, the design language of the SP Signature Concept will inspire a lot of upcoming car models from Kia. While the future vehicles from the Korean brand may get a similar face and design language to the Kia SP Signature Concept, the production version of the vehicle, which will be launched in the Indian market by the end of this year will be heavily inspired by this concept.
It should be noted that the production version of the Kia SP Signature Concept will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster in the Indian market. Kia started the trial production of the upcoming SUV in India in January. The SUV will be underpinned by a new platform that will also underpin the upcoming Hyundai Creta in the future.
As for the engine options, Kia will likely power the upcoming SUV with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will produce around 140 Bhp of maximum power. A naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine is also expected to be offered with the car. The diesel variants will be powered by 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. At a later date, Kia is also expected to bring a more powerful version of the vehicle in the Indian market. Kia plans to launch a new car every six months in the Indian market.