Kia is preparing another cheap global crossoverNovember 2, 2018
The new SUV will be the smallest model in the Korean brand SUV-lineup. The premiere of the model is scheduled for 2020. The main market for new items will be India, but it is going to sell in other countries.
In 2019, Kia will launch sales of an inexpensive crossover based on the concept SP in India: the SUV will be the brand’s firstborn in the country (currently Kia is not represented in the Indian market), it will be unified with Hyundai Creta (the Hyundai model selling there since 2015). And later, another Kia cross should enter the Indian market, which will be smaller and, most likely, cheaper than the serial implementation of the SP Concept. Work on the second SUV has already begun, reports the local edition of Autocar.
According to the portal, the world premiere of the Kia subcompact off-road vehicle will be held in 2020 at the New Delhi Auto Show. It is expected that the next relative of the model will be another SUV Hyundai – this SUV is also not officially represented yet, although it has already fallen into the lenses of the cameras of the Indian photo spies. The Hyundai crossover is so far known under the code designation QXi, there is no data about its platform.
The length of the Indian versions of the cars will not exceed four meters (this is how tax cars are used in India), that is, they will be the smallest in the SUV-brand lines (cross-hatch type Kia Picanto X-Line do not take into account). The Kia crossover can get a 1.0 petrol turbo engine with 118 hp. and 1.5 diesel output in 115 hp Hyundai QXi will equip with the same engines. Will the “Koreans” four-wheel drive – currently unknown.
Production of new products for India will be adjusted on the local sites Hyundai and Kia (Kia plant is still under construction, it will be launched in 2019). At the same time, as reported by Autocar India, the subcompact Kia SUV will become a global model, however, the list of countries in which it may appear is not disclosed. By the way, Hyundai QXi “caught” outside of India – it is being tested in Korea and the States, so this crossover will not be “exclusive”. In other countries, the cars are likely to have a different motor range.