Earlier this month, Kia introduced its new brand logo, which resembles a handwritten signature. By the middle of 2021, the Kia Sonet and Kia Seltos, which are sold in India, will acquire a new logo from the automaker. Both cars will, however, continue to wear the tiger-nose signature grille. The Kia Sonet was introduced in September 2020 in India. The compact SUV is reportedly priced from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Sonet has three powertrain options and they are 1.5-litre CRDi diesel (100PS/240Nm – WGT and 115PS/250Nm – VGT) with 6-speed MT (WGT) and 6-speed AT (VGT), Smartstream 1.2-litre petrol (83PS/115Nm) with 5-speed MT, and Smartstream 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol (120PS/172Nm) with 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT.
In August 2019, the Kia Seltos entered India. The mid-size SUV is reportedly available from Rs 9.89 lakh to Rs 17.65 lakh in the price range (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Seltos also gets three powertrain options and they are 1.5-litre CRDi diesel (115PS/250Nm) with 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT, Smartstream 1.5-litre petrol (115PS/144Nm) with 6-speed MT and IVT, and Smartstream 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol (140PS/242Nm) with 6-speed MT and 7-speed DCT. Kia was India’s second-largest sales-related SUV brand in 2020. During the year, the carmaker sold 1,35,295 units cumulatively. Although Seltos contributed 96,932 units to sales, the share of Sonet stood at 38,363 units.
If we are going to speak about the sales of individual SUV in India in 2020, at 96,989 units, only the Hyundai Creta had better numbers than the Kia Seltos. By 2027, seven next-generation battery electric vehicles will be launched by Kia. The first of these will be unveiled in the January-March quarter of 2021 and will have a driving range of more than 500km and a high-speed charging time of fewer than 20 minutes, as the automobile manufacturer claims. The electric vehicle will also be the world’s maiden model to showcase Kia’s new logo.