Kia Carnival MPV and a Brezza, Venue-rival compact-SUV to join the portfolio soon.
One has to appreciate Korean automaker Kia for entering such a slowdown industry with a bang. The recently launched Seltos has been the top-selling mid-size SUV in India for 2 consecutive months. The brand is now gearing up to launch its second model, the Kia Carnival MPV in India. Set to rival the segment leader Toyota Innova Crysta, the Carnival will be showcased at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo in February.
With the Carnival, Kia wants to up the luxury benchmark set by the Innova Crysta as the model on offer in India is likely to be more premium than the one sold abroad. Expect features such as a large sunroof, electrically sliding door, leather seats, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among other features. The luxury MPV shall offer a 7 or 8-seat layout with engine duties done by a 2.2-litre diesel with an automatic transmission.
Kia’s 3rd product for our market will be a compact-SUV codenamed QYI (also known as QY internally). The car will have its world debut in India. It will be initially made for the domestic market while exports might follow suit. It will compete in the hottest compact-SUV segment, against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. A concept or pre-production model might break cover at the 2020 Expo with a market introduction likely in the second half of 2020.
Kia Carnival MPV
– Will be revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo
– Kia to offer a compact-SUV in India soon
– The Kia Seltos has been the top-selling mid-size SUV in India for 2 consecutive months
Source – NDTVAuto.com