Everyone was surprised when Kia launched the Carnival after the Seltos. The Seltos was a big hit in the market because it was a SUV and the sales of SUVs are strong. The Carnival was the second vehicle from the manufacturer and it was a MPV. But the Carnival too performed well as a MPV in the Indian market. Now, the manufacturer is working on another MPV that has been codenamed KY. It will be launching in the Indian market in early 2022.
The KY has been spotted testing on the international roads as well as on Indian roads. Here, is the first render of the KY that has been done based on the spy shots that have been clicked earlier. The rendering has been done for IAB. This gives us a glimpse of how the new MPV might look like.
We can see that the artist is using a split headlamp design that is now being used by many vehicles. The LED Daytime Running Lamp is a strip that sits above the main headlamp cluster. IN the centre, there is the tiger-nose grille that we have seen on other Kia models too.
In the lower half of the bumper, there is a diamond mesh air dam flanked by fog lamps. The bonnet is flat for a strong front stance. Then we come to the side profile where we see some prominent wheel arches and alloy wheels. It also comes with roof rails and turns indicators mounted on outside rearview mirrors. The render of the MPV is finished in a dual-tone paint scheme. The body colour is blue but the A, B, C pillars and the roof is finished in black. The roof rails are coloured silver.
The Kia KY will get two engine options just like the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar. There will be a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 152 PS and a peak torque of 192 Nm. The diesel engine produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Kia KY can share the underpinnings with the upcoming Alcazar which in return is a Creta with a longer wheelbase and retuned underpinnings. The KY is expected to not look like a MPV. Just like Maruti Suzuki did with the XL6 which is essentially an Ertiga beneath the skin. Kia will also offer quite a bit of equipment so that it can compete in the market.
There will be ambient lighting, air purifier, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and connected car technology. It will also come with cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, electric sunroof and much more.
Kia is aiming to export 6,000 units of the KY annually whereas the expecting to sell 50,000 units to the Indian customers. The Kia KY will be going against the Maruti Suzuki XL6, Mahindra Marazzo, Toyota Innova Crysta and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.