At the end of last month, Overdrive reported that the production Kia SP Concept’s launch would take place earlier than planned, in May 2019. Now, Autocar India says that the premium B-SUV will cost between INR 10-16 lakh.
Kia is sticking to its statement that the SP Concept will evolve into a production SUV in the second half of 2019. However, Overdrive’s sources claim that the company has advanced the launch.
As for the pricing, Manohar Bhat, Head of Marketing & Sales, Kia Motors India, has confirmed the latest development. He has said that these are ex-showroom prices, indirectly suggesting that the SP Concept will cost more than its arch-rival Hyundai Creta. The premium B-SUV segment includes the Renault Captur too but selling well below 500 units a month, it’s not really much of a competitor.
The Kia SP Concept will sit on the same platform that will form the basis for the next-gen Hyundai Creta. Its engine options could include a 118 hp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit and a 115 hp 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit. The availability of an AWD system is unlikely. A three-row version is possible, and it may follow later, Han-Woo Park, President, Kia, has suggested.
The Kia SP’s production will take place at the company’s first Indian plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, where work is running ahead of schedule.
[News Source 1: overdrive.in]
[News Source 2: autocarindia.com]
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