Upcoming new India-spec Kia SUV spied testing
South Korean auto maker, Kia is expected to start its Indian operations by September 2019. Kia is going to enter the Indian car market with a new India specific compact SUV based on SP Concept which made its world premiere at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo in February. The Kia SP Concept based upcoming compact SUV has been recently caught by the spying camera, when the prototype model was busy testing on the Indian roads for the very first time. The testing SUV’s identify was given in by the signature Kia tiger-nose front grille.
Kia is Hyundai’s sister concern and upon its launch in the Indian car market, the Kia SP Concept based compact SUV will be rivaling against its cousin Hyundai Creta and the likes. The SP Concept based compact SUV is being developed by Kia, as an India specific product. In the brief sighting of the upcoming new Kia compact SUV’s test prototype model, its five-spoke alloy wheels were noticed which looked very similar to the ones that the concept model flaunted. However, the real alloys look more practical in a size of around 16 inch. The quick glimpse of a part of the cabin was also caught in which it seems that the vehicle has been fitted with a stylish and premium looking floating type central touchscreen for the infotainment system. This might be even part of a larger display similar to the one which the Mercedes models flaunt and was boasted by SP concept’s cabin. It remains to be seen if at all this fancy premium display makes it to the production version if the model or not. Nevertheless, we might expect a more practical large infotainment screen on the top of the line model at least.
The design language of the Kia SP Concept based compact SUV seems to be keeping true to the original sporty styling showcased by the concept model. The test mule’s front bumper was seen to be flaunting a large air dam below the radiator grille to offer a rugged and sporty appeal. The test prototype model also seems to have the same sort of steep raked windshield and rear glass quarter panels that were seen on the concept model. Thus, we can expect the overall styling of the upcoming new India-spec Kia SUV to be coming with the almost identical premium, matured and sporty design language as that of the SP Concept, although few practical changes are albeit expected.;
Not only is the Kia SUV expected to look premium, but is also likely to be packed with a plethora of premium features and safety equipments to make it a really enticing package for the buyers. The name of this new upcoming Kia SUV for India is yet to known. This first ever Kia offering in the Indian car market is expected to have price range of around Rs. 11 lakhs.
It is thought that the Kia compact SUV is going to be slightly more premium than it’s highly successful cousin Creta and will also lock its horns with the Maruti S-Cross, Renault Duster and the likes.;
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