Kia car India’s product lineup presently consists of two sport utility vehicles (SUVs): the Seltos and the Sonet. The South Korean carmaker has had success in terms of volume with both of these models throughout the nation. The current media reports claim that the corporation is hard at work developing a new “compact lifestyle SUV” that will be available to consumers sometime in the year 2025. It is anticipated that the price would range between Rs 12 lacs to Rs 24 lacs. It is interesting to note that the new Kia small SUV, which has been given the codename Kia AY, will be available with both a gasoline and an electric drivetrain.
It is anticipated that the petrol-powered version of the new Kia small SUV will be offered with a turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine. The front-wheel drive (FWD) system, which is similar to the one found in the Sonet sub-4 meter SUV, will be made available for the model. According to further reports, the most expensive electric models may be equipped with an extra electric motor mounted behind the rear axle so that they may function as four-wheel drives (also known as 4WD).
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The Kia AY SUV will have a dominating driving presence comparable to that of an SUV because of its boxy and upright appearance. It is anticipated to have more significant space than the Sonet, which will result in the back seat occupants having more room to stretch out their legs. The Kia Soul, which has sharply styled headlights, five-spoke 17-inch wheels, and wraparound taillamps, might have been a source of inspiration for some of the design aspects that went into this car.
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There is currently no information available regarding the interior layout or the features it has. We anticipate that it will come with amenities such as an automated temperature control system, a UVO telematics system, a touchscreen infotainment system with the most recent smartphone connection, and maybe much more.
The new Kia compact SUV will take a position in the company’s product portfolio that places it below the Seltos and above the Sonet. It will be a model that is Made in India and will be sold at retail outlets in both the Indian domestic market and international markets. Kia Motor India anticipates producing around one lac (or one hundred thousand) examples of the Kia AY on a yearly basis. It is expected that the fuel version would contribute close to 80 percent of the total volume (including RHD units of export markets).