Seoul - Kia is set to follow its Hyundai sister brand in launching a new compact SUV that will rival the likes of Ford’s EcoSport and Volkswagen’s upcoming T-Cross.
Kia has yet to announce its actual name and is currently still referring to it as the SP2, as per the concept car, but some sources abroad have speculated that it will be called the Tusker.
Either way, it is coming to South Africa, and we are told that it is likely to reach our shores in the first quarter of 2019, with our vehicles sourced from Kia’s brand new factory in India.
The newcomer has been teased in dribs and drabs over the past few weeks and the latest official sketches show us inside the vehicle.
Here we see a wide (26.6cm) touchscreen infotainment system that juts out above the dash, and Kia is promising that the cabin will be trimmed in “high-quality materials throughout”, with chic design details that will appeal to young-at-heart and tech-savvy consumers. It also comes with what Kia calls ‘Sound Mood Lighting’ although Kia is not elaborating on that.