Saipa, one of the leading automaker in Iran known for producing licensed products, has launched a new model featuring a crossover bodystyle. Called as the Saipa Atlas, the crossover is in fact an improved version of the Saiba Quick, although its underpinnings date back to the old Kia Pride from 1986.
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The Atlas is a thorough facelift of the Quick, which is why their profile looks nearly identical. However, it sports a completely different fascia featuring aggressive LED headlights, a pronounced grille with vertical slats, additional dynamic lines on the bonnet, and more complex bumper intakes. The rear has also been refreshed with a pair of modern taillights, a cleaner tailgate design, and a new rear bumper.
The dimensions have not been revealed, but the Atlas’s footprint is likely very similar to the outgoing Quick which measures 3,989 mm long. Though the 14-inch alloys under the black wheel arch cladding look tad smaller. The Atlas will be offered in a variety of colors & different combinations with colorful accents on the mirrors and bumpers.
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Saipa hasn’t shared any photos of the interior yet but the company confirms a 7-inch screen for the infotainment system, combined with an updated audio system. Other equipment highlights include automatic LED headlights, auto wipers, optional electric seats, heated mirrors, sunroof, ESC, and – surprisingly – a blind spot detection system. Insulation has also been improved compared to the Quick, with less engine noise getting through the cabin.
The Atlas is expected to use a slightly updated version of the naturally-aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine. The same unit which produces 87 hp of power and 128 Nm of torque is already fitted in various Saipa models. Transmission options include manual as well as CVT automatic, both sending power to the front wheels.
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The Saipa Atlas will be launched in Iran sometime in 2023, gradually replacing the Quick in the production line of the local factory.
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