According to the recent reports, Kia is developing a new MPV or Multi-purpose vehicle specifically for the Indian market. It is being called “Kia KY” internally. The new MPV is supposed to launch in January 2022 and it will be a 7-seater. This means that there will be no launches from the manufacturer this year. The new MPV will be competing with some top-end variants of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, XL6, Mahindra Marazzo and some variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta. So, the Kia KY will be positioned below the current Carnival.
Kia India has been doing fairly well in the Indian market especially for a newly launched brand. The Seltos and the Sonet are already a huge success in the Indian market. Both of them have been selling in very good numbers. They also launched the Carnival which was a bit surprising from Kia because after launching two SUVs they introduced a MPV. However, the Carnival performed well in the Indian market for a premium MPV.
The new MPV is expected to be based on the Kia Seltos’s platform. It will get the same engine options that we have seen on the Seltos. So, there will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine capable of producing 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 144 Nm. There will also be a 1.5-litre diesel engine on offer that will produce 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Kia is also expected to offer the 1.4-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine which produces 140 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 242 Nm. The engines are also shared with the Hyundai Creta. Carry forwarding the engines and the platform will help in lowering the production costs of the vehicles.
The manufacturer plans to sell 50,000 units per year in India. They also plan to export 26,000 units per year, making the total sales number to 76,000 units per year. The MPV still does not have a name but the name that they use will be used globally just like with the Seltos and the Sonet. It will be manufactured at the Anantapur production plant that is located in Andhra Pradesh. The facility has a production capacity of 3 lakh units per year.
We do know that the Kia KY will get Kia’s unique tiger-nose grille, LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and a lot more. Feature equipment will also be extensive just like other Kia models. There will be ventilated front seats which will be the first-in-segment. Kia will also offer other equipment such as an electric sunroof, rear parking camera, rear parking sensors, multiple airbags, multi-information display, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Kia will also be offering its UVO connected car technology which offers many remote features. The manufacturer has already sold more than 1 lakh cars with connected car tech. They say that one in every two cars sold by them is equipped with the UVO connected car tech.