Kia is a Korean carmaker company, that offers a range of passenger vehicles in many major countries and maintain their price ranges at a moderate rate as they value for money. Kia started their journey in the initial level in 1944, by manufacturing steel tubes and bicycle parts only. Then they were not into car manufacturing. Later in 1962, it started manufacturing and selling Mazda-licensed trucks and then in 1974, they started manufacturing Kia cars. In this way, slowly and steadily, they entered the automotive industry.
When it entered India, it came as a sister concern of the Hyundai Motor Group. Kia announced that they are aiming to enter India by April 2017. They set up the manufacturing facility in Anantapur, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. But still it is not functional. It is expected that the plant will be operational by 2019, and it will have the capacity to manufacture 3 lakh units annually. Kia cars are targeting the Indian automobile industry with a long list of 15 Kia new cars right from entry-level hatchbacks to premium crossovers.
By 2021, the brand will aim to launch 5 Kia new cars in India. The first car will be a midsize crossover based on the SP Concept which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Kia Car Price
Kia car price in India starts from Rs. 6 lakhs and ranges up to Rs. 17 lakhs. In the next few months, Kia is going to flood the Indian automobile industry with a bunch of Kia new cars. The upcoming Kia cars that are expected to launch in 2019- 2020 include Rio, Stonic, SP, Sportage, and Stinger. Kia cars will cover a major section of customers of the automobile industry. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs. 6 lakhs and Kia cars on road price extend up to Rs. 6.56 lakhs, as the registration charges (RTO), insurance and other taxes are attached to the car price. The Kia cars price list is going to be huge after the launch of all Kia new cars that are lining up in 2019- 2020.
Kia Cars Specifications
Right now, Kia is offering zero cars in India, that means, no car is available at the moment in India. So, it is hard to define Kia cars specifications. Unless and until, at least one Kia car launches in the market, we will have no clue about its specifications. Some basic info that can be obtained are Kia cars will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and the transmission will be mainly manual.
Kia Car Models
There are no existing Kia car models, so all the models will be introduced in the Indian automobile market.
- Kia Rio
Rio will launch with one petrol model, which will be a hatchback, have manual transmission and price will be Rs. 6 lakhs. It is expected that the car will have specifications such as 1.6 liters boot space, 4-cylinder petrol motor, 130PS power and 161Nm of torque.
- Kia Stonic
It is only expected that Stonic will launch with one petrol model as well, which will be a crossover car, have manual transmission and price will be Rs. 9 lakhs.
- Kia SP
SP model is also going to come with one trim K900, which will be an SUV, have manual transmission and will be a diesel variant. The price of the car will be somewhere around Rs. 15 lakhs.
- Kia Sportage
Sportage model will have one diesel variant. This car will be a hatchback car with manual transmission and the price around Rs. 15 lakhs.
- Kia Stinger
Stinger model will have only one variant- Base Awd, which will be a sedan car with manual transmission and the price around Rs. 17 lakhs.
As per the latest information available from the brand side, there will be a few more Kia cars latest models that are going to launch recently in 2019- 2020. Those are Kia Soul (Rs. 10 lakhs), Kia Ceed (Rs. 9 lakhs) and Kia Picanto (Rs. 7 lakhs).
Kia Car Reviews
Kia cars are going to compete with Audi and Mercedes. One of its high-end models Kia Stinger GT will compete with Audi’s S5 and Mercedes-AMG’s C43, as it will be a ‘halo’ product of the brand. But still Kia cars will be targeting the mainstream segment in the Indian automotive industry.