Likely to be called the Trailster or Tusker, the compact SUV will mark Kia Motor’s debut in IndiaApril 16, 2019 By Team ZigWheels
Kia SP2i Latest Updates
The upcoming Kia SP concept-based compact SUV has been spotted testing yet again, this time in Mumbai. Although the test mule was heavily camouflaged, the spy shots reveal some interesting details about the Hyundai Creta rival, including its alloy wheels design, headlamp and tail lamp setup, and more. Kia has already confirmed that the upcoming compact SUV will feature a set of BSVI-ready 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. While the specifications are yet to be revealed, the company has also suggested that there could be a plug-in hybrid variant in the near future as well.
Kia SP2i Price
Kia SP2i is going to launch in India with an estimated price of Rs. 15.00 lakh
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Kia SP2i Highlights
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.
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.
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.
Kia SP2i News
Showcased in Korea, the near-production version takes most of its design cues from the SP Concept that was revealed at the 2018 Auto ExpoMarch 28, 2019 By Team ZigWheels