Buoyed by the success of the Kia Seltos compact SUV, the South Korean automaker is eager for more. Kia will enter two more segments in 2020, and Manohar Bhat – the head of sales and marketing at Kia Motors – has just revealed the launch timelines for the upcoming vehicles. The Carnival luxury MPV, which is expected to be pricier than the Toyota Innova Crysta – will be launched in February 2020, at the Auto Expo. A sub-4 meter compact SUV, which could be called the Sonet according to IAB, will be launched in the second half of next year. The Kia Carnival is already on sale in markets abroad while the Sonet is a brand new vehicle that will go on sale in India and other global markets next year.
Here’s what Mr. Bhat had to say to HinduBusinessLine about Kia Motors’ upcoming launches in India,
We are on course to introducing one new model every six months and our second offering will be Carnival MUV in February 2020. This will be offered in a new segment and come with several configurations. It’s bookings will start in January next. This will be followed by another model in six months, a compact SUV positioned below Seltos.
The Kia Carnival is available internationally in multiple seating options ranging from 7 to 11 seats. In India, it’ll be offered as a 7 seater, with captain seats in the first two rows. It’s likely to pack in a 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 199 Bhp of power at 3,800 rpm along with 441 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,750 rpm. A 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels is expected to be standard. The Carnival will be sold as a luxury MPV with generous equipment levels. Expect prices to start from around Rs. 20 lakh. Bookings will open across Kia Motors dealerships from January 2020.
The Kia Sonet sub-4 meter compact SUV will square off against the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue and the Ford EcoSport, to name some of the popular vehicles in this segment. The Sonet will share its platform and engines with the Hyundai Venue but will give a totally different top hat. The engines on offer will be the 1.2 liter naturally aspirated petrol (82 Bhp-114 Nm), a 1 liter triple cylinder turbocharged petrol (118 Bhp-172 Nm) and a 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel (89 Bhp-220 Nm). All engines will get manual gearboxes as standard while the turbo petrol motor will also get a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox option. Kia Motors could spring a surprise by pricing the Sonet lower than the Venue.