Korean carmaker Kia is ready to enter the Indian subcontinent and two of its models — the Sportage SUV and the Soul Crossover — have been spotted testing on Indian roads. Both the test mules were sporting WB (West Bengal) temporary number plates.
Several Kia test mules in transit to countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan or Nepal have been photographed before. However, in this new picture, the cars had temporary number plates, which mean Kia has started to test its Sportage SUV and Soul Crossover in Indian conditions.
According to some reports, Kia, Hyundai's sister brand is set to enter the Indian market in 2019. The Sportage and the Soul are likely candidates to be part of Kia's initial Indian product lineup.
Currently, Kia Motors sells the fourth-generation Sportage globally. If the SUV is going to be launched in India, it will likely share its engine options with the Hyundai Tucson, but the Sportage will have a better interior and sporty design. The Tucson is offered in India with a 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.
The Soul is a crossover which will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford Ecosport if launched in India. Internationally, the crossover is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel, a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre petrol engine.
The Korean manufacturer is currently scouting for a location to set up its manufacturing facility in the country. Various rumours have emerged that Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have shown interest in offering land for the Kia manufacturing facility.
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