The production seven-seater compact van can establish in India, this country will be the main market for the model. If the project receives the green light, then the closest relative of the new items is likely to be crossover Seltos.
The conquest of the Indian market, which in the future designate the status of the third largest after China and the US, KIA began only last year. Firstborn, the brand then became the SUV Seltos, he started in August and has started quite well: in 2019 sold 45 494 instance. In January 2020, KIA has launched in India, the sales of minivan Carnival, the summer market will be released subcompact Sonet cross. And then you can unveil a brand new seven-seat compact MPV. This local edition of Autocar said the head of KIA Han Woo Park.
It is expected that the MPV will share a platform with Seltsam, the van will be slightly larger crossover, but smaller (and cheaper of course) Carnival. For comparison, Indian Seltos length is 4315 mm, wheelbase – 2610 mm. dimensions Carnival – 5155 and 3060 mm, respectively.
On the engine range, as well as the planned timing of the premiere compact MPV, the KIA head is not reported. Autocar India believes that the new product will debut in 2021. But the engines she could get from the local Seltos: this 115-strong petrol “aspirated” 1.5 family Smartstream and CRDi diesel with the same volume and power. In the range of the cross there is still petrol “turboservice” 1.4 T-GDI (140 HP), but such a motor MPV is still unlikely to get.
If the project is approved, the main production site will be the Indian factory KIA, which collect local Seltos and Carnival, there would soon be “prescribed” and Sonet. In India a new small MPV try to poach buyers from the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Renault and Mahindra Triber Marazzo. Exports also cannot be ruled out, moreover, in the global model range of the brand’s niche is just empty: Carens compact MPV has left all major markets, you can buy it except on Taiwan.