Hyundai’s subsidiary Kia is preparing to set foot in the world’s fifth largest automotive market, projected to become the third largest by 2020. Ahead of Kia’s official foray in 2019, the Korean giant hast started working aggressively on building the brand in the domestic market. While the company recently launched its official India website, the company lately did a roadshow in Delhi for the dealerships who have signed up for Kia. At the event, Kia showcased SUVs, sedans and hatchbacks including Stonic, Niro, Cerato, Rio sedan & hatchback, Sportage and Optima, that are likely to be a part of Kia India product line-up. The company has also zeroed in on the location for its factory in Andhra Pradesh where the Kia products will be manufactured. According to the plan, Kia will initially bring three cars to India including a hatchback, a compact SUV and a sedan. Here we bring you a list of upcoming Kia cars in India –
Upcoming Kia Cars In India
Looking at the current craze for compact SUVs in India, Kia could make its foray in the domestic market with Stonic in 2019. The compact SUV was unveiled earlier this year and is built on the i20’s underpinnings. While the model measures 4.1m in length, it is yet not clear if Kia will make changes to keep it under 4 meters to benefit from the low tax for sub four-meter vehicles. Under the hood, it is expected to get the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel units with manual and automatic transmission. In case Kia trims the length, the SUV is likely to come only with the 1.4-litre oil burner.
|Expected Price||Rs 10 – Rs 15 lakh|
Kia Sportage mid-size SUV
The next model in our list of upcoming Kia cars in India is the Sportage. One of the oldest models globally, the compact SUV is retailed in several international markets. Rivalling Tucson in the market, Sportage could be India-bound. As for the engine, expect it to receive a 2.0-litre oil burner. Currently in its fourth generation, the SUV sports ‘tiger-grille’ up front, sharp creases on bonnet and bold wheel arches at the side.
|Expected Price||Rs 16 – Rs 20 lakh|
This Korean brand is also planning to enter into the highly competitive mid-sized sedan segment. Set to take on the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna, the Rio sedan is one of the most important upcoming Kia cars in India. It is likely to share engine options with its Korean cousin, Verna including the 1.4-litre oil burner. In terms of features, expect it to pack in climate control system, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
|Expected Price||Rs 8 – Rs 12 lakh|
Kia Rio hatchback
The Rio hatchback is the next model in our list of upcoming Kia cars in India. Kia unveiled the new generation of its best-selling hatchback, Rio earlier this year. Sporting elements like ‘tiger-nose’ grille and pulled-back headlamps, the hatchback looks quite impressive. In the premium hatchback segment, it will compete with Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Eite i20. The hatchback is likely to share engine options with its sedan sibling, Rio.
|Expected Price||Rs 6 – Rs 8 lakh|