India-Bound Upcoming SUVs displayed at Auto Expo 2018:
The demand for SUVs is growing in the developing countries. To showcase their new products, the car-makers used the Auto Expo 2018 platform. This year’s Auto Expo 2018 at Greater Noida witnessed this trend.
Many carmakers such as Hyundai, Honda, Mahindra and Tata Motors showcased their upcoming Sports Utility vehicles at the Auto Show. All the SUVs were crowd-pullers and acted as magnets for the young customers. We bring you some of the upcoming SUVs from all big brands at the Auto Expo 2018.
Hyundai Kona at Auto Expo 2018:
Korean car-maker, Hyundai, also brought its upcoming electric SUV Kona to the Auto Expo 2018. The new Hyundai Kona is a five-door crossover which is expected to be launched in India in 2019. It will be Hyundai’s first electric vehicle in India.
Kona will get its power from a 140 kW (204 PS) electric motor. Hyundai will offer two different options which are approx. 40 kWh and 64 kWh. The 40 kWh version gives the driving range of 240 km, while with the 64 kWh, it gives the driving range of 390 km.
The Hyundai Kona EV has 4,165 mm length, 1,800 mm width, and 1,550 mm height. It has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. Actually, the Hyundai Kona on display was the Ironman edition which was unveiled in 2017. However, the display car was missing the Ironman edition cues. Kona features specially designed alloy wheels and tyres suitable for off-roading.
KIA SP Concept at Auto Expo 2018:
Another Korean carmaker, Kia, put on display its latest compact SUV at the Auto Expo 2018. The first-time entrant at the Auto Expo 2018, Kia displayed ‘Made for India’ SP Concept. The car received an overwhelming response from the auto enthusiasts. The SP Concept indicates that Kia has a clear plan of launching the new SUV in the Indian market. Besides, the SP Concept will be sold globally. Additionally, if launched, SP Concept will be Kia's first car in India.
The car measures approximately to the size of Hyundai Creta. Thus, it is fueling the speculation about becoming Creta's possible rival. However, Kia made it clear that it will not compete with Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki directly on pricing. The company will offer the SP concept with a premium price-tag and features.
The SP concept also gets new headlamps with twin lighting elements. There is a slimmer running light at the top while a larger lighting element on the bottom. Besides, the design is such that the border of the front grill goes right upto the headlights. The car will be available at a starting price of approx. Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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