Kia is considering the Stonic crossover and the Carnival MPV for the Indian market.
We informed you earlier that Kia will launch its first product based on SP concept in the Indian car market in 2019. The SUV will be locally developed at the Kia Motors’s Andhra Pradesh based plant. Just to jog your memory, the Korean brand made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018. The company is also planning a sub-4 meter SUV based on Hyundai Carlino concept, which is scheduled to be launched in 2019. This sub-4 meter SUV will have different design than the Hyundai’s version and will rival the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Besides SP Concept, Kia Motors had showcased its global range at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo to gauge visitors reactions. According to the latest report, Kia is considering the Stonic crossover and the Carnival MPV for the Indian market. The Stonic is based on the Hyundai Kona crossover, which was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The company is planning to locally develop the Stonic platform, which could be used for other bodystyles in the future.
In terms of styling, the Stonic 5-seater premium crossover features signature tiger nose grille upfront and sweptback headlamps. The side profile has sharp creases and kinks near the door sill. The metal skid plates are present in front as well as rear. Some bits, like the ‘targa’ style roof loop is reminiscent of the Provo coupe concept that was revealed in 2013. Also See – Kia Sportage SUV Images & Details
The cabin of the car is heavily inspired by Rio with similar looking dashboard and switchgear. It is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Engine options for the new Stonic SUV includes a new 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-pot petrol, a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated units. Besides, there is a 1.6-litre oil burner as well.
Source – ACI