Pre-production assembly at the company’s plant and the test mule were shown to the media in the presence of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.January 29, 2019 By Team ZigWheels
Kia SP Concept Overview
Kia has begun pre-production assembly at its plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh - which will soon start making the SP2i premium compact-SUV. The SP2i previews the company's first product for India, which borrows most of its design from the SP-Concept shown at the Auto Expo 2018. Check out all the details here.
The SP2i was showcased with heavy camouflage but it is clear the SUV is Kia's take on the Hyundai Creta. The silhouette is quite similar and there some parts which have been shared between the two. The SP2i follows the signature design elements of Kia cars, including a split headlamp setup, clamshell engine cover and a freestanding infotainment system.
The SP2i will be powered by 1.5-litre BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which are expected to be offered with both manual and automatic transmissions. A plug-in hybrid variant is expected to be launched at a later date depending on the demand for such vehicles.
The Kia SP2i, or the Trazor, or the Tusker, will be launched by September 2019 and will go up against the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier.
Kia SP Concept Price
Kia SP Concept is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 15.00 lakh
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Kia SP Concept Highlights
Kia’s SP Concept has morphed into an SUV that’s currently codenamed SP2i. This compact SUV will be launched by September 2019 and will take on some seriously strong competition in the form of the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the Nissan Kicks. Dimensionally, it’s very close to the Hyundai, and it’s got the squared-off SUV look we love so much. There’s no sneak peek into the interior just yet, but we’re expecting Kia to offer some stellar features. On the drivetrain front, 1.5-litre petrol and diesels are expected, likely to be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. There’s no confirmation on an automatic version at the moment.
Exterior and Interior
From what we saw of the SP2i, the SUV isn’t deviating a whole lot from the swanky concept we saw at Auto Expo 2018. It retains the same upright stance and sits high off the ground as well. We don’t have official dimensions, but we could see that the SP2i is about the same size as a Hyundai Creta. There are some interesting elements here too, including a clamshell bonnet and 17-inch alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey. Features such as LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps and LED headlamps are expected to be on offer. Notably, the SP2i mule shown to us didn’t feature a sunroof. But we’re expecting it to be made available on the production-spec version.
We couldn’t get a glimpse of the SP2i’s interior. That said, we did manage to spot some interesting details. For starters, the SUV will feature a free-standing touchscreen, just like we’ve seen in the Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier. This ensures that the screen size is not limited by the design of the dashboard. Next, we could see three headrests for rear occupants. Currently, it’s only the Mahindra XUV300 that offers this in this space. We’re expecting a beige-black colour theme for the interior, and bucketloads of features including climate control, ventilated seats, an LCD screen in the instrument cluster and leatherette upholstery. On the safety front, expect at least dual airbags and ABS with EBD to be offered as standard across the range. The SP2i features rear disc brakes as well, which are expected to be standard. The top-spec variant could feature side and curtain airbags as well, just like the Creta.
Kia is keeping its cards close to its chest. There’s no confirmation on the engine that’s under the hood of the SP2i but the rumour mills suggest a pair of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines will power the SUV. Four-wheel drive is unlikely to be offered. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual. An automatic is expected to be added to the lineup as well.
Renault Duster: The car that started it all, the Renault Duster is the only modern crossover in the segment to feature an AWD system. Its butch design, adequate space, CVT transmission (petrol), AMT (diesel) and all-weather ability help it score a lot of brownie points in the segment. Interior quality and limited service network make it less appealing.
Honda BR-V: Honda's offering in the segment is essentially a jacked up Mobilio with some mechanical changes to compensate for the raised stance. It is one of the only crossovers here which can seat seven people.
Nissan Terrano: The Duster's better-looking cousin (for some), the Terrano suffers from being too overpriced for its own good. It does get a diesel AMT variant which is a good option for those looking for a convenient urban SUV.
Hyundai Creta: The Hyundai Creta might be a vanilla package but that doesn’t stop it from being a potent one. It’s got the mix of looks, features and drivability, ensuring that thousands of prospective owners throng Hyundai’s showrooms every month. The waiting periods can get annoying though, so be warned!
Renault Captur: The Captur brings some style to a segment of boxy SUVs. If you want to stand out in the crowd or while munching highway miles, the big Renault is worth a dekko!
Tata Harrier: We don’t see any major deal breakers with the Harrier. It’s loaded, spacious, drives well and is built like a tank. Tata’s best yet? Without a doubt.
Jeep Compass: It’s a Jeep thing, they say. And if you’ve always wanted one, the Compass is a great one to begin with. It’s rock-solid, built to munch miles and ready to get down and dirty. If you can live with the slightly small cabin, it’s a very capable SUV to have in your garage!
If you’re looking at buying an SUV in the Rs 10 lakh - 15 lakh bracket, we’d strongly suggest you hold on to that cheque. Kia’s SUV looks super promising, and it might just be worth the wait.
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