The South Korean auto giant, Kia Motors seems eager to commence its Indian operations soon. The reason we are saying this is because of the fact that the carmaker has begun testing its vehicles in the country. The models that have been snapped for the first time are – the Kia Sportage SUV and the Kia Soul crossover.
Interestingly, the spied prototype of the SUV was carrying West Bengal (WB) temporary registration plate. However, there is no further development detail of the vehicles. Just so you know, the Kia Sportage SUV is one of the oldest and popular global models from the South Korean carmaker. This SUV is, currently, in its fourth generation. Compared to its cousin sibling Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage has a more feature-rich interior and sportier styling.
In India, the Kia Sportage SUV might share its engine lineup with the Tucson – i.e. 2.0-litre CRDi diesel and 2.0-litre Dual VTVT petrol. The former is good for 185bhp and 400Nm of torque, and the latter one offers 155bhp with 192Nm. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
The spy picture also reveals a camouflaged Soul crossover test mule. The 2017 Kia Soul crossover will come with major cosmetic upgrades and several new comfort and safety features. In global market, this crossover comes in three trim levels – Base Soul, Soul Plus and Soul Exclaim. Kia offers an Umber colour package with the top-spec model of the car that includes dual-tone exterior paint, HID headlamps, gloss black wheel-pocket detailing, 18-inch black-spoke alloy wheels, leather-trimmed shift and steering wheel and leather seats and door trims.
As for now, the company hasn’t revealed details of its Indian project. Though, in November 2016, a company spokesperson confirmed “We at Kia Motors are continually evaluating potential locations for overseas manufacturing facilities, including India, to secure additional engines for future growth. However, as of now, no concrete plans have been finalised.”
Spy Image Courtesy – AutoCar