Kia, a Korean carmaker, made its global debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. Since the debut, the car set is one of the most talked-about and highly anticipated among all the new cars set to be launched within the next few months in India. The covers have come off of the Kia SP Signature SUV concept at the 2019 Seoul motor show where it was revealed and labeled as a concept. Likely to be launched in September of 2019, the Kia SP Signature concept previews a near production ready Kia SP SUV. Although the SUV retains most of the features that were shown in the 2018 Auto Expo, it still has gone through quite a few changes.
Kia SP Signature
There will be likely two engine options for the Kia SP, including a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both the engines will be BS-VI-ready though on launch it will be just BS-IV-compliant. Both, the petrol and the diesel engines will be available with a choice of a manual as well as automatic gear boxes. Other than this, Kia is also said to be working on a sportier version of the Kia SP with a 140 hp and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine which is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and has paddle shifters.
The Exterior of Kia SP
The bold ‘Tiger Nose’ grille from the Auto Expo has been retained as well as the sharp-looking LED lights that are connected by a light bar atop the grille. The Kia SP Signature now also has a contrast roof, sleeker LED fog lamps with integrated DRLs, production-ready door handles. It has a similar shade of orange as it was showcased in the SP Concept and now even has blacked out roof with prominent roof rails, and a tweaked design for the faux exhaust garnish and rear diffuser. It also has a chunkier chrome bar which is connected to the tail-lights which are mildly reshaped.
2019 Kia SP Signature Interior
Expected to make its global debut at the 2019 New York auto show in April 2019, the 2019 Kia SP Signature is the production-spec Kia SP SUV very effectively. The interior of the Kia SP is expected to be well-appointed and is also expected to get quite a few segment-first features as well. A large touchscreen infotainment system is likely to be included as equipment on offer. Other features might include a 360-degree camera, wireless charging and even in-car WiFi. As seen in the concept, a fully digital instrument cluster is likely to be included on the top-spec variant along with a head-up display and an ambient lighting package.
Price of Kia SP Signature in India
The Kia Sp is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2019. The price range of the SUV is expected to be in the range of Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh. With this price point, the Kia SP Signature 2019 will be the rival of a number of cars including Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, and Tata Harrier.