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[Update: Kia will launch its first product in India, the SP-Concept-based SUV on June 20]

Korean carmaker Kia has announced that it will launch the SP-Concept-based compact SUV in India in the second half of 2019. The company released two illustrations to give a glimpse of the Kia SUV before a final unveil. Which according to the latest announcement will happen this summer.

Targeting customers who are young at heart, the Kia SUV (also referred to as SP2i; final name is yet to be announced) will be manufactured in India. It will boast the company’s wide Tiger Nose grille flanked by LED headlamps. These feature a three-dimensional light graphic and a diamond pattern.

In terms of design, the new SUV will also boast some added visual character. Kia says the long bonnet is complemented by sharp lines on the bodywork (including a character line on the bumper and prominent shoulder line). In addition, its glasshouse tapers towards the rear, and adds to the car’s sporting appeal.

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Kia’s Head of Styling, Byung Chul Jah said, “We have created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside. Its robust yet sporty design will be matched by a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to younger buyers in markets around the world. Our new mid-SUV is a proposition that no other car in its class will match.”