Kia Motors India is working towards expanding its presence in the MPV segment in the market. After rolling out the Kia Carnival premium MPV earlier this year, the Korean carmaker has its vision now trained on the lower segment and will roll out an all-new, mid-size MPV in early 2022. The new model will be made available with both petrol and diesel engines.
All-new Kia MPV positioning
Based on the Kia Seltos’ platform, the Kia MPV will lie between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (4,395mm in length) and Toyota Innova Crysta (4,735mm in length), and is likely to feature dimensions similar to the Mahindra Marazzo (4,585mm in length).
In Kia’s own listing, the MPV will be a bit bigger than the Seltos (4,315mm-long) and the model is expected to have sufficient space for seven seats.
In terms of design, the Kia MPV follows the company’s latest design language, loaded with the brand’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and sharp headlamps.
All-new Kia MPV features
Besides an edgy styling and a variety of drivetrains, a fully-loaded equipment list is something that has found much favour in the Kia Sonet and Seltos, and the carmaker is ready to expand the same philosophy to its MPV also. The new model is expected to have the same set of features as the Seltos.
For the unpracticed, Kia’s mid-size SUV packs in kit like a smartphone connectivity, rear view camera, alloy wheels, DRLs, cruise control, push button start, power windows and ambient lighting across most of its range. Upper variants are seriously loaded and brag of equipment including connected car tech, 360-degree camera, sunroof, ventilated front seats, air purifier, blind spot monitor and head-up display.
All-new Kia MPV engine line-up
While diesel engines always remain the choice for those looking for more running, the popularity of petrols has risen with the switch to BS6 norms. To serve to a wider audience, Kia will be offering both drivetrains with its mid-size MPV.
The pillar of the MPV range will be a 1.5-litre diesel engine, while a 1.5-litre petrol engine will also be provided, fueling the base variants. Both drivetrains are available with the Kia Seltos, where they make a similar 115hp of power.
A number of engine options should give the Kia an edge in the MPV category. The Ertiga, if compared with it, is only a petrol-model for now, while the Marazzo has a single 1.5-litre diesel engine (though a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit is expected in the Mahindra MPV soon).
Armed with many equipment and drivetrain choices, Kia is expected to make a splash in the MPV category with its future product, just like it has done in the SUV segment.