The next most important product for Kia Motors, which would become its chief volume driver is an all-new, Hyundai Venue rivalling sub-4 meter SUV. While the design and exteriors of this new vehicle, codenamed QYI, has not been revealed yet, our in house graphics wizard Vipin Vathoopan created a render which shows how Kia’s Hyundai Venue challenger may look like. The design of this rendered Venue challenger has been kept a bit similar to the Seltos since its design has been appreciated across the country, though a lot of alterations are present which make it fit for the sub-4 meter segment.
The front end has a similar nose as on the Seltos but with a smaller and less flashy grille. The bumpers also carry a similar design theme with vertical scoops on either side. The headlamps, however, have a marked distinction and are smaller than that of the Seltos but have a similar layout. The top-end merging with the grille contains the indicators and the LED DRLs while the smaller pod below houses the projectors. The flashy setup of its bigger brother is not present on the QYI since it will be priced much lower than the former.
It rides on those eye-pooing alloys which made debut with the Seltos earlier this year. They may or may not be offered on the QYI though and it may come with simpler alloys so as to keep costs in check. The side profile is less flashy than the front end but has that SUV stance to it. Roof rails have been placed on top for giving the vehicle a more beefy look while black cladding runs across the lower perimeter of the car. All in all, the design of the upcoming Venue challenger by Kia as shown in this render seems to be quite pleasing and aggressive as well. To let you know, the QYI will share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue just as the Seltos shares them with the next-gen Creta. However, there will be ample of differences between both on the exteriors and the interiors.
Just a few days back, Kia’s upcoming sub-4 meter SUV was spotted testing for the first time in the country. Though it was heavily camouflaged, the spyshots revealed quite a few details about the vehicle like LED taillights, roof rails, and a high stance among others. The spy images also revealed that the new car will come equipped with a floating touchscreen infotainment system. It is likely to feature smart connectivity features via the UVO Connect suite. As for the engine, this new car by Kia might come with two petrol engines – 1.2-litre Kappa and 1.0-litre T-GDi – and a detuned version of the 1.5-litre diesel motor that is found on the Kia Seltos.
For Kia Motors, pricing will be the key in the sub-4 meter segment. This segment is jampacked with great options which are priced almost identical to each other and hence, Kia will have to bring in a package that is an amalgamation of good looks, great pricing, good fuel economy and automatic option among others. When launched, the Kia QYI will rival the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport.
Kia has made a stellar debut in the Indian automotive scene with the launch of the Seltos compact SUV. The South Korean manufacturer’s first vehicle has garnered an amazing response from the buyers and bookings for the Seltos have crossed the 60,000 mark according to the latest inputs. Kia’s next vehicle in the market would be larger than Toyota Innova Crysta MPV called the Carnival which will be launched during the first quarter of 2020.