Kia Might Launch A Hatchback If Indian Customers Demand

Kia Rio India

The Korean carmaker has 25 models in its global product portfolio.

Kia Motors is ready to begin its Indian operations by mid 2019. The first product from the Korean automaker will be a SUV (SP Concept based) that will be gun up straight against cars like Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Tata Motors. The company aims to deliver a “global level of quality” and achieve a competitive level of localization than its rivals.

Speaking to an online media publication, Kookhyun Shim, Kia Motors India Managing Director and CEO, has revealed that the company plans to launch a new vehicle every six months starting 2019. Within in three years of its India entry, the carmaker aims to sell 300,000 units on annual basis. All Kia cars in India will be compliant to the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Read – Kia Carnival To Challenge Toyota Innova Crysta 

Kia Rio Hatchback Picture Gallery

The Korean carmaker has 25 models in its global product portfolio. Kookhyun Shim said that the company might bring in any model from its global lineup, if Indian customers demand. The compact hatchbacks have the major volumes in the Indian market. Read: Kia Stonic Crossover – What To Expect

So, there is a possibility Kia might launch its global hatchback in the country. Though, Kia wants to position itself as an aspirational brand. The carmaker is also open to bring in new technologies such as hybrid, pulg-in hybrid, mild hybrid, electric and fuel cell in the Indian market.

If reports are to be believed, the Kia Rio hatchback might make its way to our market. Previewed at the 2018 Auto Expo, the small car will share its platform and engines with the Hyundai Verna. If launched, the Kia Rio will be placed against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and the upcoming Tata 45X.

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