South Korean automaker Kia Motors’ big launch at the 2020 Auto Expo will be the Carnival luxury MPV but all eyes will be on another vehicle – the QXi sub-4 meter compact SUV concept, which will also be showcased at the biennial event. Kia Motors has just released a couple of teasers showing what the sub-4 meter compact SUV will look like in concept form. The production version of this SUV will be launched in India in the second half of 2020, and going by how similar the Seltos is to the SP-Concept, it’s likely that the new compact SUV’s production version will be similar to the concept shown at the Auto Expo. Meanwhile, here are the teaser images of the sub-4 meter Kia compact SUV concept.
The sub-4 meter compact SUV is said to share its platform with the Hyundai Venue, which has been selling like hot cakes ever since its launch last year. Like the Hyundai Venue, the new Kia SUV will be heavily localized and fully built in India. The same Kia factory that builds the Seltos SUV and Carnival MPV in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, will be used to build the new, sub-4 meter offering.
Expect a very competitive starting price tag that’s close to the Rs. 7 lakh mark for the new Kia vehicle. This will make it affordable to a wide swathe of car buyers across India. Together with the Seltos and Carnival, the new compact SUV is likely to make Kia Motors the third biggest car maker in India, ahead of Mahindra and Tata Motors.
Like the Seltos, the sub-4 meter compact SUV – codenamed QXi – is likely to be feature-rich. Expect a bunch of segment leading features to be on offer with the new SUV, which is expected to share its engines and gearboxes with the Hyundai Venue. A 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 82 Bhp-114 Nm will be the entry level motor while the 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 118 Bhp-172 Nm will be offered on higher variants.
The diesel engine will be the tried and tested 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit, with 89 Bhp-220 Nm. While 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes will be offered with the 1.2 liter petrol and 1.4 liter diesels, the turbo petrol motor will get 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearboxes. Don’t be surprised if Kia Motors offers an automatic option with the diesel engine as well, just like how it did with the Seltos. Over to the unveil now.