South Korean carmaker Kia Motors decided to join the highly potential car mar market of India pretty late, but that doesn’t mean it has any intentions of catching up late. Kia is chalking up an aggressive strategy to establish itself in India. Like its parent company Hyundai, which is the second largest car maker in India, Kia wants to see itself as one of the top car makers of the country in a very short period of time. We already know that Kia will be launching the SP Concept based SUV in 2019 as soon as it starts its Indian operations. However, it has come to light that the South Korean automaker is looking to launch as many as 5 car models in India in just 18 months' of time to establish itself and see substantial sales growth in the initial years of its Indian operations.
The Kia SP Concept is set to hit the production line in mid-2019, while the car maker will soon follow it with four more car models in the next 18 months. Out of these 4 models, two will be fully locally manufactured, while the other two will be shipped in via the CKD route and locally assembled in India. Thus, Kia will have a strong 5 model line-up by 2021.
As per the reports, After the Kia SP, the company is going to launch a sub-4 meter compact SUV model that is expected share its platform and more with the upcoming Hyundai Carlino compact SUV which is also slated to launch in India 2019. Nevertheless, the Kia subcompact SUV will have an entirely different exterior styling. In the international markets, Kia is known for its trendy, funky and unconventionally designed cars and all the Kia models in India are also expected to have the same trendy and highly eye-catching design language. The Kia cars will flaunt the company’s patent 'Tiger Nose' grille, LED lighting and a lot of stylish styling elements. On its SP Concept SUV, Kia has made it evident that it would be offering customization options in the form of options of contrasting roof and interior colors. These are also expected to be offered on the subcompact SUV.
The upcoming Kia subcompact SUV is also likely share with the same engine options of the Hyundai Carlino. The petrol option would get powered by the 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine offering 118 hp of power, while the diesel version will get equipped with a new 1.5 litre BS-VI-compliant motor that is being developed. Kia is likely to offer a manual and automatic transmission options on the subcompact SUV.
The third Kia model to be manufactured locally in India hasn't yet been confirmed, but it is thought it will also be something like a crossover. On the other hand, the more premium and bigger SUV models, like the Kia Sportage (similarly sized as the Tucson) and Sorento (similar to Santa Fe) are being considered to be brought to India as the CKDs.