Kia has already come up with a 5 seater product which is an SUV – The Kia Seltos. This has done well in the market but also faces steep competition. The pricing is where this car gets a beating in the segment. The Kia Seltos is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta which is the segment leader. Now to give people an option to choose and to lower the prices, Kia is coming up with a smart plan. This is where they decide to launch the Kia sub-4 metre SUV. This vehicle will fall under the sub-4-meter category and will evade the taxes that are levied on the vehicles that are above those. Read further to know about the pricing and other specifications of the vehicle.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Launch
The launch of this vehicle is expected to take place anywhere between February 2020 to May 2020. It has been seen on the road while being tested. But this seems like the early stages of testing. The final product will have a lot of changes than the product that has been seen while testing. The launch might get delayed due to the BS6 emission norms. This has an easy fix which has been mentioned ahead in the Engine section. As of now, Kia hasn’t even announced anything about the vehicle. The launch will be declared once the company reveals the vehicle. This will take place only when the production of the vehicle starts.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Price
Pricing of this vehicle will be well thought of. The vehicle has to cover all the development cost as well as stay over the market price and thus Kia will take over its toughest competitor, the Hyundai Venue. For now, the Venue is priced at Rs 6.65 lakhs to Rs 11.11 lakhs. To beat this price Kia has to start its prices below Rs 6 lakhs and have enough variants so that the price of the topmost variant is slightly lower than the Hyundai Venue while at the same time it offers more. So we expect that the car will be priced at Rs 6 lakhs to Rs 10.9 lakhs. All the above-mentioned prices are ex-showroom prices. Now Kia also has to compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The Maruti Brezza has been in this segment and being a Maruti vehicle it sells because of the brand reliability. This is the area where Kia has to take steps with the introduction of the new vehicle. The SUV’s pricing will not affect if there is no brand reliability.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Engine
The engine of this vehicle will be the same as on the Hyundai Venue. Currently, the venue is offered with 4 engine configurations. The 1.2 litre with a 5-speed manual transmission is the sportier option. There is no option of an Automatic transmission on this engine. The second option is the 1.0-litre petrol engine. This engine is a more eco-friendly option. This will come equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and will also have the option of a 7-speed DCT. The offering of a DCT will increase the price but will improve fuel efficiency. The DCT transmission has a much better feel than the regular AMT. There will be only one engine configuration with diesel fuel option. This will be the 1.4-litre engine. It comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. These engine option will make the give the buyer’s good choice. The diesel engine will be equipped with a turbocharger.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Exterior
On the exterior, this vehicle from Kia will resemble the Kia seltos in many ways. The front of the vehicle will have a tiger-nose grille like on the Kia Seltos. The rear will also have a long chrome strip which will be the same as on the Seltos. The SUV will feature the same type wheels as on the Kia Seltos. Now to make the Seltos the wheelbase had to be reduced. This has been accompanied along with some reduction in the overhang. Another place where the vehicle will cut corners will be the engine bay. The smaller engine will be a space saver and fit in a smaller space. Overall the vehicle will look like a smaller Seltos.
The Kia sub 4 meter SUV has been seen while being tested. The car is small and Venue sized and Kia is using the same architecture as on the Hyundai Venue. On taking look at the spy shots the vehicle looks smaller than the Hyundai Venue. This vehicle uses the same styling as the Kia Seltos. Ther front and the rear tail light looks like the Kia Seltos. The rear seems to miss out on a rear parking camera but it gets parking sensors. This might be a move by Kia to cut some costs.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Interior
The interior of the vehicle will be minimal. The rear legroom will be on compromise. Along with this, it will lose some of the boot space. The company will make sure that the comfort of the rear seat is not lost and will focus more on the reduction of the rear boot space. The interiors will be a single tone but there will be one variant which will get some different seats. The vehicle won’t have a sunroof. The steering will be smaller and flat bottomed. The number of controls on the steering will be reduced and it will also miss out on automatic adjustment. None of the seats will get electronic adjust. The instrument cluster on this vehicle will be similar to the Kia Seltos. The rear will get small AC vents at the centre. There won’t be any centre armrests and cup holders. The seating will be slightly upright.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Safety
Safety-wise this car will be as safe as the Kia Seltos. Safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), TCS (Traction control system), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), BAS (Brake-Assist System), 360-degree camera and rear and front parking sensors.
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Spy Shots
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Features
The Kia sub-4 metre SUV will not have any additional features. The car will be sheerly made on the lines of the Kia Seltos. The Seltos vehicle is already tightly packed and doesn’t need any addons. Some of the features include:
- Bose Sound System
- 10.25-inch Touchscreen
- Heads Up Display
- 360° Camera
- Ventilated Seats
- Powered Driver’s Seat
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Air Purifier
- Automatic Climate Control
- Rear AC Vents
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Colours
The Kia sub-4 metre SUV will be available in new colours for dual-tone. This will also get a special colour for GT line.
- Intense Red
- Punchy Orange
- Steel Silver
- Gravity grey
- Intelligence Blue
- Glacier Pearl White
- Aurora Pearl Black
Kia sub-4 metre SUV Competition
The car has competition by the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the Ford EcoSport. This segment is the most competitive and has seen the most entrant in a year.