0 Comments
2018 Kia SP Concept Photo: supplied
 
 

Sell your car without the hassle.
Get an instant offer from areyouselling. FIND OUT MORE

 
Andrew Maclean | Feb, 07 2018 | 0 Comments

This could be Kia Australia's missing link.

The South Korean car maker took the covers off its SP Concept in India, revealing a small SUV that provides a glimpse of the next newcomer to Kia Australia's burgeoning line-up of family-focused soft roaders.

Officially, Kia is saying the SP Concept is designed specifically for the growing Indian market and will be the arrowhead of its arrival into the sub continent when it begins retail sales there in 2019.

Kia's Design Chief, Peter Schreyer, admitted the five-door's radical design has been "exaggerated" in concept form but admitted the eventual production version "will be very close to what you see here."

The showroom model is expected to be revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show later this year, and will likely borrow its fundamental underpinnings from the new-generation Cerato that will launch in Australia in both sedan and hatch variants during the year.

With Kia Australia having already dismissed the hybrid-only Niro and the European-only Stonic in its search for a city-sized SUV, the SP is expected to preview the car that will fill that role and give Kia a direct rival for the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR.

It says the car "combines a bold formative design with Kia's unique and hallmark 'Tiger nose' grille and many more futuristic details" while the interior has been designed as an "oasis for young trend-setters".

“Combining the comfort and space of a sedan with the ability to tackle all kinds of terrain, we intend to storm the market with an SUV that will set new parameters in motoring," said Kia's design chief Peter Schreyer when unveiling the SP Concept.

"It’s still a concept – so it’s a little bit exaggerated – but the actual production car will be very close to what you see here."

Stay tuned for more details on the SP Concept as it morphs into a production car during 2018 ahead of its expected showroom arrival in Australia sometime in 2019.

 

 
TMR Comments
LOAN CALCULATOR
i
Latest Comments