Kia Motors India (KMI) made its Indian market debut at the Auto Expo 2018 in New Delhi with the SP Concept, alongside a showcase of 16 of the brand’s global models.
Driven by advanced technology, the Kia SP Concept SUV will be the company’s first SUV to the Indian market. Bold and stylish, the SP Concept combines sophisticated beauty, breakthrough technology, and high functionality in a small SUV form.
Kia SP concept SUV is expected to named ‘Trailster’ that has been spotted testing numerous times, and now, sources have confirmed the Kia Trailster India reveal will take place on June 20, 2019, ahead of its market launch later in the year.
The production-spec SP SUV is expected to remain similar to the Kia SP Signature concept, which was revealed at the 2019 Seoul motor show. SUV will feature the bold ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and sharp-looking LED lights, fancy-looking ORVMs and 17-inch alloy wheels that were evident from spy pics. Looking at the Kia SP Signature concept, it is safe to presume that Kia will provide a contrast roof, slim LED fog lamps and pull-type door handles on production model.
The Kia Trailster’s interior is expected to get a handful of segment-first features like a head-up display, an ambient lighting package, a fully digital instrument cluster and in-car WiFi. The large touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree camera, wireless charging will also likely be part of the top-spec variant.
At launch, the Kia Trailster’s engine options are expected to include a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both engine options should be BS-VI-ready, but could be BS-IV-compliant at launch. The company is likely to offer both manual and automatic gearbox options with each engine type. Kia even speculated to be working on a sportier variant of the SP SUV, with a 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
At the launch, the Kia Trailster’s price is expected to be in the range of Rs 12-18 lakh (ex-showroom). Kia Trailster will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, and few variants of the Jeep Compass.
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