Kia SP2i (Hyundai Creta rival) spied in S. Korea, launching ahead of schedule

07/01/2019 - 13:00 | ,  ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

A new spy shot of the Kia SP Concept-based SUV (SP2i) captured in South Korea has surfaced online, courtesy SHM Studio. Kia Motors India has confirmed that its first manufacturing facility, situated at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, will be ready in early 2019. Soon, after that, the company should introduce this SUV as their first model for the Indian car market.

Kia Sp Concept Based Suv Sp2i Front Three Quarters
The production-spec Kia SP (codename - SP2i) will be produced at the company's first facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. The manufacturing plant will have an annual production capacity of 3,00,000 units.

Until October, the company had maintained that the new model would be launched in the second half of 2019, but the latest official confirmation is in line with a previous report that talked of advancement in the rollout of the Kia SP2i. Another report from earlier this month cites Manohar Bhat, Head of Marketing & Sales, Kia Motors as saying that the trial production of the new SUV would start in early 2019.

A spy video from Korea has revealed a high similarity between the designs of the Kia SP2i and the SP Concept that was displayed at the Auto Expo 2018. That said, the greenhouse of the production version won't be as sleek, and the front-end will carry a toned-down iteration of the concept's 'Tiger' nose. Furthermore, another video, which surfaced in November 2018, reveals that the local road testing of the production-spec vehicle has commenced.

The new model will be powered by turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that will displace 1.5-litre and 1.0-litre, respectively. While the former will output 115 hp, the latter will produce 118 hp. Both the motors will be manufactured locally.

The Kia SP2i will share its platform with the next-gen Hyundai Creta. The architecture will be capable of supporting a seven-seater, and hence, Kia Motors India could come up with a three-row version in case it enjoys a high demand for its first launch.

Kia SP Concept rear three quarters at Auto Expo 2018
The Kia SP2i will be positioned as a premium offering costlier than the Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross.

Also Read: Kia considering six models for launch in India by mid-2022

Following the new SUV, the manufacturer will reportedly introduce a model in the sub-4 metre SUV segment in 2020. The second Kia SUV will share its platform with the Hyundai QXi. It will compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon, and is debuting at the Auto Expo 2020.

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