Kia Motors India has recently revealed the production variant SUV inspired by SP Concept from its Anantapur production facility in Andhra Pradesh. The automotive manufacturer initiated trial production of the SP Concept SUV which was earlier debuted at the 2018 Auto Expo. The SUV is expected to hit the Indian market later in 2019. The trial production was introduced by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu and Kia Motors’ Managing Director K Shim along with South Korea Ambassador to India, Shin Bongkil.
According to reports, ‘Kia SP2i’ will receive its official name after two months and the company will also introduce the production version of the car at the same time. The South Korean company can start the official bookings of the new SUV by August this year and the official launch can be held in this upcoming festive season. The newly established 15th Kia plant is also meant to manufacture EVs. Approximately, 90% domestic sales and 10% exports will be made in the plant. The company will also hire 4,000 permanent workers and 7,000 temporary workers.
At first, the company invested around $1.1 billion (₹ 7050 crores approx.). The total investment declared for the Indian plant is around $2 billion. The second section of that investment is said to be made by 2021. Now, let’s talk something about the new SP2i. At the trial event, the SUV was heavily covered although, it has got all-new Kia’s Tiger Nose grille, sweeping bonnet and a front bumper along with retro-styled round fog lamps.
The new headlamps highlight LED DRL’s. The front appearance of the SUV looks boldly designed. Kia SP2i will sit on five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. five-seater SUV segment. It can run on 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines which is expected to generate nearly 140bhp of power. SP2i (five-seater variant) will be the first SUV in India and the second car will be the Carnival 7-seater MPV that will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel motor producing 202PS power and 440Nm torque.
The powertrain will be BSVI compliant and will be introduced at a cost price between Rs. 9.99 lakh and Rs. 16 lakh (ex-showroom). The interior is still hidden for the public display. However, it is expected to come with some high-end features such as 360-degree camera, heads-up display, wireless charging, fully digital instrument cluster, and ambient illumination. After the launch, it will rival against the popularity of Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and even the newly-launched Tata Harrier.
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