Kia is planning to launch two new models in 2020 in India following the debut of SP SUV by the middle of this year
Kia Motors India will kick start its innings in the domestic market with the launch of a compact premium SUV based on the SP Concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Rivalling against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur the SP is expected to make a significant impact in India and Kia has already said that it will target 85-90 per cent top car buying cities in India right from the outset with a big chain of sales network.
Ever since displaying its product lineup at the last edition of Auto Expo, Kia has sped up its operations in India with a number of roadshows to lure in dealers as well as customers. The South Korean auto major has long term plans for India and it has been investing one billion USD in the newly established Anantapur facility in Andhra Pradesh.
With the annual production capacity of three lakh cars, Kia has a range of new launches waiting in the horizon. It has also been confirmed that one new product will be launched every six months until 2022 but details regarding the exact outline of what they are have not been known yet.
Kia appears to be preparing a subcompact SUV to compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 and Hyundai QXi. It was widely reported to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo and could share plenty in common with the Hyundai QXi.
The latter will be launched in the coming months adorning latest global design language adopted by Hyundai. Kia’s version, on the other hand, will more likely be introduced with BSVI compliant engines and may get manual as well as automatic transmission options. The second of the two vehicles arriving next year could be brought into the country via CKD route.
The Grand Carnival MPV rivalling Toyota Innova Crysta is a possible option or Kia might stick with heavy localisation for another volume-based product to strengthen its position in the Indian market. Speculations surrounding the Picanto or Sportage, the brand’s best-selling model globally, have refused to go away either and Kia could pursue hybrid or electrification route with the mystery model. The cross hatch variant of the next-gen Rio is expected to go on sale in 2021.