Making their debut in the Indian market very soon, Korean car manufacturer, Kia’s first offering in the Indian market will be an SUV. Codenamed the SP2i, this SUV, will be competing against the Hyundai Creta, which currently is the segment leader. The brand has finally unveiled two initial sketches of the SUV in production form. It is interesting to note that the production sketches are quite similar to the SP concept car we saw at the Delhi auto expo last year.
Up front, we see Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, which adds a lot of aggression to the front fascia. Flanking this bold grille are LED DRLs which look quite futuristic. The fog lamps placed lower in the bumper look even more aggressive, with three dots, resembling the barrel of a gun, ready to shoot things out of its way. Coming to the rear, we can see a neat looking chrome applique connecting the two tail lights, presumably LED units. The chrome applique holds the Kia logo in the centre and the registration plate would rest below it. The rear reflectors have been integrated rather well, right below the tail lamp assembly. The Bumper is also aggressively styled and holds a faux skid plate at the lower end.
Byung Chul Juh, Head of Kia Styling at Kia Motors Corporation, comments: “We have created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside. Its robust yet sporty design will be matched by a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to younger buyers in markets around the world. Our new mid-SUV is a proposition that no other car in its class will match.”
To be launched in the market very soon, the Kia will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options, which are expected to be BS – VI compliant. From spy shots earlier, we can confirm features like a clamshell Bonnet, disc brakes on all four wheels and three adjustable headrests in the rear will be offered when the car is launched. On the inside, Kia shall be offering a floating type screen which is expected to come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options. Many more details are expected to be out very soon, so keep looking at this space to know more.