Kia Sportage could be the next big launch from Kia Motors in India after the launch of the SP Concept based SUV in 2019. To primarily rival Tata Harrier.
Kia Motors has officially confirmed that they are going to launch their first product in India, the SP Concept based compact SUV, during the second half of 2019. In addition to this, the automaker has also revealed that in the span of
Recently, the Hyundai owned South Korean automobile manufacturer released a video across is social media platforms with a Kia Sportage in it titled as ‘Are you ready for Kia?’ Though the automaker has not confirmed it, there have been speculations that the next-big launch in India, from its portfolio could be that of the Sportage SUV.
Taking in consideration the Kia has announced that it will launch an all-new vehicle in India every 6 months, we can expect the launch of the Sportage SUV in our country as early as late 2019. Based on the same platform as that of the Hyundai Tucson, its prices are likely to fall in the range of INR 15 lakh to INR 20 lakh.
With this, the Kia Sportage’s main competition in India will include the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier. If this SUV is launched in India by the end of 2019, it is likely that it will feature BS-VI complaint engines in its portfolio. Transmission options are likely to include both manual as well as automatic gearbox configurations.
In terms of its exterior design and interior cabin layout, the India bound Kia Sportage will be an exact incarnation of the model which is currently on sale in the European market. However, there will be significant alterations introduced in order to meet Indian road and driving conditions.
In international markets, Kia stands as a premium brand which offers a wide array of features and creature comforts across its portfolio. Expect a similar treatment for its cars when they arrive in India. Hence, the Kia Sportage for the Indian market is going to come loaded with an expansive feature list. This will be in addition to a significant number of active as well as passive safety features.