Kia’s Auto Expo pavilion has a nice balance of realistic concepts, upcoming cars, electric cars, and crossovers.
Kia Cars at Auto Expo 2020:
Kia revealed the prices of the Carnival MPV. it starts at Rs. 25.0 lakh and goes up to Rs. 34 lakh for the Limousine variant. Price-wise, it starts where the Toyota Innova Crysta tops out and offers way more space and a lot more torquey engine, to begin with. The inclusion of power-operated sliding rear doors adds convenience, style and practicality of getting in and out of the rear seat.
Carnival Hi Limousine
The Carnival Hi-Limousine looks like the perfect evolution of the Carnival as it grows with time. The Hi-Limo variant has a raised roof for better headroom inside, ambient lighting, 21.5-inch screen for entertainment display. It only has 7-VIP seating configuration. This one could touch the Rs. 38.0 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag should it launch in India.
The Seltos line is on display at the Auto Expo 2020 with BS6 range of petrol and diesel engines. The Seltos is priced between Rs. 9.89 lakh and Rs. 17.34 lakh.
Seltos X-Line Concept
The X-Line concept of the Seltos is the visually enhanced option. It gets orange accents and could go on sale later in 2020 as a special edition variant of the SUV.
Kia Soul Electric SUV/Crossover
The Soul electric car is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona. that makes it a very likely candidate to go on sale in India. That’s because the R&D time to bring it to the showroom can be cut down drastically. Expect it to go on sale early in 2021 with a sticker price of about Rs. 23 - 25 lakh. Its boxy proportions should attract the buyers who want their SUV to look like the real deal. Kia claims that it can do 450km on a single charge.
The Niro is a size larger in every way compared to the Soul. That also means it would be more expensive than the Hyundai Kona if it ever launches in India. Expect it to carry a price tag of Rs. 29.0 lakh.
Kia Sonet Concept
The Sonet is the show-stopper at Kia’s pavilion. For now, Kia has only revealed its exteriors but in 6 months’ time, it’s expected to go on sale. The Sonet subcompact SUV will come with features like Bose music system, over-the-air software update abilities and 10.25-inch touchscreen. The car is expected to share the engines with the Hyundai Venue. However, the likelihood of seeing the normal 1.2-litre petrol engine in the Sonet is low.
The Kia XCeed crossover could be a direct rival for the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. The S-Cross never had a petrol engine and yet it had a fairly successful run. Now it has a petrol engine but no diesel engine. The XCeed is bigger than the S-Cross in every way and with the Seltos’ petrol and diesel engines and a competitive price tag, it can easily topple the S-Cross as the first choice for buyers. Chances of XCeed launching even 2021 are low but it’s not out of the realm of impossibility.
The Stonic is a compact crossover/SUV but a size larger than the XCeed. Pricing it between the Sonet and Seltos is going to be difficult. So, it may not go on sale in India. However, buyers who are sick of seeing boxy SUVs may consider it for its sleeker silhouette.