KIA woos In­di­ans

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Mak­ing its much-awaited de­but in In­dia, South Korean man­u­fac­turer Kia show­cased their com­pact SUV called the SP Con­cept. Recog­nis­ing the po­ten­tial in the In­dian mar­ket, the pro­duc­tion ver­sion though will be toned down.

The SUV fea­tures a stream­lined front end com­plete with the sig­na­ture Kia grille. The head­lamps are sleek and we par­tic­u­larly like the in­di­ca­tor func­tion. In pro­file, the SP Con­cept shows of chunky wheel arches and rather large wheels. De­tails of the pow­er­train line were kept un­der wraps for the time be­ing, but we ex­pect a 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel to be of­fered.

Ac­cord­ing to the car man­u­fac­turer their fa­cil­ity in Andhra Pradesh should be op­er­a­tional by 2019. This also means that the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the con­cept will be launched around end 2019. It will take on the Hyundai Creta, the Re­nault Duster and the Cap­tur when launched.

WE EX­PECT KIA TO OF­FER A 1.0-LITRE TURBO PETROL AND A 1.6-LITRE DIESEL VARI­ANTS BASED ON THE SP CON­CEPT’S DE­SIGN. THE COM­PANY SAYS THEIR FA­CIL­ITY IN ANDHRA PRADESH SHOULD BE OP­ER­A­TIONAL BY 2019

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