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KIA Motors back to India with its power to surprise – Auto Expo 2020

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” The Power to Surprise “

Kia Motors Corporation, commonly known as Kia Motors is the South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motors. It was founded in December 1944 and is 75 years old.

KIA made a very strong entry into India with it’s debut product Seltos. They received around 96450 bookings and has delivered more than 43600 units till date.

Model Name – KIA Seltos ( Source – Internet )

KIA Motors’s Greenfield manufacturing plant in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh from where it had rolled out Seltos has really made them a leader in the mid-size sports utility vehicle.

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“We have a robust plan for India, and the launch of new models and technologies will help us maintain the positive momentum that we have enjoyed to-date,” said Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO of Kia India.

KIA’s Expected Car Lineup at the Auto Expo 2020

  • KIA Carnival

Here comes the Toyato Innova Crysta’s rival, the all-new KIA Carnival MPV ( Mulit-purpose Vehicle ) to be launched at the auto expo 2020. Though it is expected to be priced a bit higher than the BS6 version Innova Crysta, the KIA Carnival is slightly larger and far more premium MPV.

Model Name – KIA Carnival ( source – Internet )
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India-bound KIA Carnival MPV will be offered in 7-, 8- and 9-seat configurations as KIA Carnival – Premium, Prestige and Limousine respectively. The top-spec Limousine variant comes with 2nd Row Luxury VIP Seats with leg support, premium Nappa leather seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, premium wood garnish, 18-inch sputtering finish alloy wheels, and high line tyre pressure monitoring system.

Model Name – Kia Carnival ( source – Internet )

It is expected to be powered by a BS6 compliant 2.2-litre VGT diesel engine that is tuned to offer 197 bhp at 3,800 rpm and develops a peak torque of 440 Nm between 1500 to 2750 rpm with 8-speed Sportsmatic automatic transmission.

  • Kia Optima ( K5 Sedan )
Model Name – Kia Optima

KIA’s owner Hyundai has already received a very good response with their new premium sedan Elantra. We can also expect the same success story with KIA’s Optima sedan. It is expected to be powered by a 2.0L MPI petrol engine producing 163 PS of power at 6500 RPM and 196 Nm of torque at 4800 RPM with 6-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Optima will compete with Hyundai Elantra, Toyato Camry and Skoda Superb and Honda Accord.

  • KIA Soul EV
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KIA Soul EV is a funky looking SUV type model with KIA’s distinct “Tiger Nose” Grille. It is expected to be powered by 60kWh battery which will produce 204PS and 395Nm ( upto 3600rpm of max torque ). It is claimed to return a range of approximately 485 kms on a full charge.

Model Name – KIA Soul EV ( source – Internet )

Inside the car, it will get its version of KIA’s UVO ( Your Voice – UVO is the latest evolution in connected car technology and infotainment. It lets you seamlessly connect your smartphone or smartwatch with the KIA cars ) infotainment system on a 10.3-inch touchscreen and with four driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+ which will alter the power supply to the traction meter, braking and air conditioning.

KIA Soul EV will compete against Hyundai Kona Electirc ( big brother ) and TATA Nexon EV.

  • KIA QYI ( Sonet ) aka. Baby Seltos

KIA Sonet is their sub-compact 4 meter SUV. It might have four engine options: a 83PS, 1.2L MPI naturally-aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol, a 120PS, 1.0L T-GDI turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol, a 123PS, 1.6L MPI naturally-aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol and a 90PS, 1.4L CRDi turbo diesel and transmission choices might include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, a 7-speed automatic and a CVT automatic ( source -www.indiacarnews.com )

Model Name – KIA QYI ( Sonet ) source – Internet

KIA QYI ( Sonet ) will compete against multiple sub-compact brand cars including Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV3oo, Honda WR-V and Renault Triber.

What do you think about KIA’s lineup at the Auto Expo 2020 ? Let me know in the comments below.

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