South Korean Automaker Kia Motors is looking to bringing at least 4 imported models for the Indian market as premium vehicles. Soul EV, Niro EV, Sorento, Stinger, and Telluride under consideration.
Kia motors has had a runaway success in India with the Seltos SUV, managing upwards of 35,000 bookings in its brief stint. The response was so overwhelming that Kia has launched new trims of the Seltos to further expand its range. Not only this, but seems like the south Korean carmaker is looking to add new imported models to its line-up very soon.
According to a report, Kia is planning to bring at least four new models in India. The company is considering the Kia Carnival, Soul EV, Niro EV, Sorento, Stinger, and Telluride for India. All these vehicles will be imported to India, but might have local assembly to reduce costs and taxes. A previous report in 2018 also stated the possibility of the launch of Kia Ceed hatchback, which is based on Hyundai i30.
The report also mentions a lot of details. Between Soul EV and Niro EV, Kia plans to only bring one. While the first one is a wagon, the second is an SUV. Kia might consider having more diversity in its portfolio with the inclusion of the first, but with the rising popularity of SUVs in India, it might be smarter to go with the Niro. Regardless, electric vehicles are still a niche in India, so the final decision in this matter might not be very impactful to Kia’s overall strategy.
As for the Kia Telluride, Indian buyers might be game for this gigantic SUV. Sadly, as it is only available as a left-hand drive model, simply importing it to India will not work, and thus chances for this making its way to our shores look slim. Kia Sorento, a competitor to the MG Hector and the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq, is a more likely prospect. The Stinger sedan also looks very hopeful. Its sporty design, good comfort, and powerful engines would see it become a great premium sedan option. Moreover, the Stinger is due for a facelift, as is the Seltos, which means 2020 could see the newer models making their way into the Indian market.
Other than that, the company has already preparing for the launch of the Kia Carnival MPV. It is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Kia has declared a target of capturing 5% market share in the next 3 years, and that would mean a lot of aggressive launches in the coming future. For more car news, follow IndianAuto.com.