After the grand success of Kia Seltos in India, the Korean manufacturer is now working to launch the all-new MPV, the Carnival in the Indian market. Soon after that, Kia will launch another all-new vehicle in the Indian market, which gets the codenamed QYI. It will be a sub-4m compact SUV and will go against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and newly launched Hyundai Venue.
The all-new upcoming car is likely to be launched in the Indian market in 2020 and Kia has already started testing the vehicle on the public roads. The heavily camouflaged test mules of the Kia QYI have been spotted several times now on the roads. However, this is the first time that the vehicle has been caught on video. Just like the upcoming Creta, which will be based on the same platform as the Seltos, the upcoming Kia will share the platform with the Hyundai Venue.
The vehicle that has been spotted on the roads is heavily camouflaged and it does not reveal much of the design. However, glimpses of the car underneath reveal that the tail lamp of the vehicle is quite similar to Kia Niro and the front-end looks identical to the Kia Stonic. Kia will keep the design of the upcoming QYI similar to the current range of cars. It will get a smaller but similar Tiger Nose grille, which can be seen on the Seltos. Also, the headlamps will be split type similar to the Seltos. However, the set-up may change as per the design needs.
The upcoming Kia QYI’s design will be heavily inspired by the Kia Seltos. The window line and the side of the vehicle may look like a scaled-down version of the Seltos. At the rear, the upcoming car will get full LED set-up, which has already been spotted on the test car. The shape of the lamps are elongated and make the car look sleek.
Kia will showcase the QYI at the 2020 Auto Expo. It is highly likely that Kia will unveil the production version of the car at the 2020 Auto Expo before launching the vehicle in the Indian market later that year. The all-new QYI will be the first sub-4m SUV from the brand and it is likely to be exported to various countries from India.
The Hyundai Venue and Kia Seltos will also share the cabin and the features but the dashboard will be designed differently in the QYI. Engine-wise, the upcoming car will get powered by the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is available with the Venue and also the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. The diesel variants will get a differently tuned 1.5-litre engine that is already available with the Seltos.