The all new Kia MPV was caught doing its test rounds across the streets of South Korea. As per reports, this MPV is bound for India and it will be manufactured and exported to other nations including the South Asian markets like Indonesia.
India is a high potential market for Kia. The brand is following the successful footprints of other brands and has planned some lucrative vehicles for our market. Kia may introduce this MPV by early 2022.
The upcoming Kia MPV is codenamed as “KY” and will be positioned against Maruti Ertiga and XL6. The spy shots don't show much about the vehicle as it was completely camouflaged, but we’ll try to share as much information as possible.
Looking at the front, the car gets a strip of LED and it seems to have headlights, fog lights and tail lights made out of LEDs. On the sides, the gates are regular i.e. hinged at the front with outward opening, unlike the sliding doors in Kia Carnival. However, the rear door seems bigger than the front one. Probably that’s designed to give a better access to the last row.
At the rear, the heavy camouflage didn’t let us analyse much, though Kia has placed the spare wheel under the boot and can be accessed from outside. This means, there will be better space management inside.
The dual tone alloy wheels look good and the inclusion of shark fin antenna and faux roof rails is a good move. The overall design seems boxy and good to gallop in 6-7 passengers with enough headroom for all.
In terms of engine options, this MPV may borrow the same from Seltos. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine generating 115PS of power and 144Nm of torque along with 1.5-litre diesel mill with 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque makes sense for this MPV. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol may not make its way in this vehicle as it would unnecessarily increase the prices.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 are currently carrying a waiting period which is being propelled since they were launched back in 2018-19. With the new midsize Kia MPV, would you like to ditch the tried and tested Maruti(s) and get behind the wheels of a quality rich Kia MPV? Let us know in the comments.