Back in February 2018 in India, Kia took the wraps off its SP Concept. And now the Korean brand has revealed the SP Signature show car at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show, describing it as “production-ready” and an “evolution” of that earlier design.
The SP Signature effectively previews an upcoming small crossover intended for sale in global markets, where it will compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Hyundai Creta. Kia says the production version is due to be revealed “later in 2019”.
Up front, the headlamps are connected to a new interpretation of the brand’s so-called “Tiger Nose” grille, complete with integrated daytime running lights. The glasshouse tapers dramatically towards the rear, while LED lighting elements are present round back, too.
While much of the design of the original concept shown in India has been retained, this latest version is certainly closer to the real thing, gaining items such production exterior door handles. Unfortunately, Kia has yet to provide an official look at the SP Signature’s cabin.
Earlier reports suggested the production version would likely run on a new platform expected to be shared with the second-generation Hyundai Creta, which itself is due in 2020.
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