KIA continues to work on a new cross-van, which is now under the factory name KY. Fresh details on this project have appeared today.
The car was spotted several times during test trials on public roads, but its design was difficult to assess due to the dense camouflage in which its body was dressed. Nevertheless, through the visible outlines of the details, it can already be assumed that the car will receive a branded radiator grille, made in the style of a “tiger nose”, and a newfangled two-tier head optics with LED daytime running lights installed one level below the main unit.
The model should be based on the platform of the recently launched 7-seat Hyundai Alcazar crossover (extended Creta). The car will be offered in several cabin configurations, and the cross-van itself will be placed in the hierarchy one step below Carnival. The model’s arsenal will almost certainly include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces, as well as climate and cruise controls, a digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof and wireless smartphone charging.
A 2-liter gasoline engine, which debuted on the new Elantra and Alcazar, will be offered as engines for the novelty. Its maximum power is 159 horsepower and peak torque is 192 Nm.
For fans of “heavy fuel” engines, there will be an option with a 1.5 liter “diesel”, producing 115 hp. and 250 Nm. The list of transmissions in this case will include a 6-speed manual gearbox or “automatic” with the same number of speeds.
The new KIA crossover should go on sale in early 2022.