Korean brand Kia is all prepped up to start its Indian journey soon. The car maker will be bringing in a slew of models in many segments of auto sector. However, the first one to roll out of the company’s factory will be the SP compact SUV, which is slated for an August launch. Autocar has reported that Kia will also bring in a more sporty version of the SP SUV sometime in 2020. It will be powered by a much more powerful 1.4 litre turbo petrol engine with power outputs in the range of 140 Bhp. We expect that the same engine will also make it to the next generation Hyundai Creta.
Now Kia will use Hyundai’s expertise in India for getting an initial boost. This means that they will be sharing engines and platforms among other things to keep the cost low and maximize profit. Therefore, if the upcoming Kia SP compact SUV will get the 1.4 litre unit in future, it is very likely to be found under the hood of the Creta too, albeit a little bit later. The SP and next generation Creta will also share their platform with each other along with many other bits. To let you know, Hyundai owns a 33.88 stake in Kia wile the latter too holds quite a bit of stake in 22 of Hyundai’s companies.
The Kia SP compact SUV will be available with two engine options other than the sporty 1.4 litre turbo unit. The other engine options will be a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Also, there is a possibility that Kia would launch the car with BSIV emission norms compliant engines rather than rather than BSVI compliant form. The sportier model we were talking about earlier will also get a body kit as well as a racier trim on the inside. This means that Kia will giving the whole car an overhaul and will target it towards enthusiasts. All of that, however, is not expected to happen before 2020 as the company will first focus on building the brand and launching other models.
Coming back to the Creta, it is also expected to come with the sportier engine later in 2020. Since Kia will be the first one to use the 1.4 litre engine, the Creta will get the engine after it. Whether it will also get a whole sports trim upgrade is not known as of yet. However, a body kit on the Creta along with other sporty enhancements will definitely look good. The Hyundai Creta is popular among the modification circuits across the country and the new engine would definitely plaster a smile on the faces of enthusiasts.