Kia Motors India introduced two new products for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2020. Alongside the Kia Carnival premium MPV, now tailored for the Indian market.
Kia also unveiled the new Sonet concept at the show. he concept will be developed further ahead of a launch in the Indian market in the second half of 2020.
The Carnival has been launched in India in three different specifications at a starting ex-showroom price of Rs 24.95 lakh for its Premium variant, Rs 28.95 lakh for Prestige variant, and Rs 33.95 lakh for its Limousine variant.
Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO for Kia Motors India said “When Kia launched in India two years ago, we came here to win the hearts of Indian customers. Today, I can say that our approach – to do more than simply build and sell great cars here – is bearing fruit.
The Kia Sonet concept, revealed for the first time, previews the third product offering from Kia Motors in India. A smart urban SUV for young, dynamic Indian consumers, the Sonet takes inspiration from the advanced world of networking.
Targeted at a demographic that is always connected to the world in more ways than one, the Sonet is designed to exceed customers’ lifestyle and technology expectations.
Sonet is made for the young, social, connected, tech-savvy Indian. The cabin is fitted with a 10.25-inch infotainment and navigation system with UVO Connect, a Bose premium audio system, and an intelligent manual transmission (iMT).
The Sonet is testament to Kia’s focus on consumer insight-driven product innovation and orientation. It previews a future compact SUV, due to launch in India in the second half of 2020.
The Carnival is powered by a 2.2-liter VGT BS6 diesel engine, paired with an eight-speed Sportsmatic transmission, a class-leading drivetrain engineered for smooth, effortless performance.
The front of the Carnival displays a wide, upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille and wrap-around LED projection headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) for an imposing appearance. From the side, its swept-back silhouette is matched by a long bonnet design and an all-round glass area with a ‘floating’ roof. The look is completed with 18-inch alloy wheels.
It also provides advanced technologies to make driving safer, convenient, and enjoyable, with UVO Connect, Kia’s connected car and infotainment system. UVO Connect offers 37 smart features, and is offered free to Indian buyers for three years after initial purchase. Certain UVO features can also be accessed via users’ smartwatches, taking car connectivity to a new level.
Seltos X-Line Concept
Kia also revealed the rugged new Kia Seltos X-Line Concept, a bolder reinterpretation of the Seltos SUV. The X-Line Concept features a more assertive, rugged front design with a futuristic radiator grille. Further modifications have been made to the front and rear bumpers to make it look more distinguished, as well as the addition of a prominent skid plate, roof rack, and all-terrain-inspired body panels to elevate the personality of the car.
Building on its mission to innovate for tomorrow’s mobility solutions, Kia showcased 14 products in total from its global portfolio of products. These include the brand’s range of crossovers and electric vehicles.