Upcoming Kia KY 7-seater MPV Spotted Testing in India
Kia is currently working on an MPV for the Indian market and for the first time the Kia KY 7-seater MPV has been spotted testing in India. Currently, the South Korean carmaker has three utility vehicles in its portfolio – Seltos mid-size SUV, Carnival MPV and Sonet subcompact SUV. To increase its product line up, Kia is currently working on a compact MPV which will be the fourth vehicle from the manufacturer. First spied on foreign roads and now spied on the Indian soil, the MPV has been internally named KY and will be rivalling other MPVs like Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra Marazzo.
Details about the Upcoming MPV
The new Kia MPV is expected to be offered in a seven-seater configuration. The KY is expected to be based on the same SP2 platform as the Seltos and Hyundai Creta. As per the reports, MPV will be the first vehicle in its segment to offer access to third-row seats via an electronic button. Then there will be a touchscreen infotainment system that will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We also expect it to offer UVO connected car technology. There will be a hidden storage compartment in the boot and 6-spoke alloy wheels with MRF Wandere tyres. The MPV will also come with independent air conditioning controls for the second row. Kia is preparing for a ‘big announcement’ on April 27.
Said to borrow its underpinnings from the Seltos SUV, the design of the KY will be modern and attractive. The new MPV will come with split headlamps design with an LED Daytime Running Lamp above that will be joined with a piano-black strip. It will come with an electric sunroof that will let in light and Kia will also be offering ambient lighting and curtains for the second-row occupants that will make the cabin look more premium and will also block sunlight. Kia will also be offering an air purifier with the MPV. Engine specifications are still not confirmed.
Kia KY 7-seater MPV Launch
There is no official update on the launching of the upcoming Kia KY 7-seater MPV. As per leaked information, the new Kia 7-seater MPV might debut in its production avatar in January 2022 and is likely to go on sale in the market in 2022. It is likely to join Kia’s product portfolio in India sometime next year. Similar to the Kia Seltos and the Sonet offerings, the new MPV will also be locally manufactured in India. The production will take place at the company’s Anantapur facility in Andhra Pradesh.
It is expected to price around Rs. 13 lakhs ex-showroom. The name for the MPV is yet to be decided, Kia Motors could choose something which suits both the domestic and international markets.