Aiming for a more curious year ahead with new model debuts, Kia is riding high on the success of the redesigned Carens and the revised Seltos with additional safety features and powertrain options. According to the company’s “Kia 2.0 strategy,” Kia will introduce three new SUVs and MUVs in 2024. The details are as follows:

Facelift of Kia Sonet

Kia has planned a small facelift for the Sonet compact SUV, which would resemble the Seltos facelift that was unveiled a few months ago. Before to the car’s official release, a few images of the Kia Sonet facelift have already leaked online. They reveal that Kia has updated the small SUV’s front end with new LED headlamps, a grille, and a bumper. Similar to the Venue, the rear profile will also receive modified LED tail lamps with an LED connecting bar. The interior is expected to remain the same, but additional features like a powered driver’s seat will be included. Additionally, Kia has decided not change the Sonet’s engine range, which consists of a 1.5-liter 115 PS diesel, 1.0-liter 120 PS turbocharged petrol, and 1.2-liter 83 PS petrol.

New Model of Kia Carnival

After becoming available in other significant international markets since 2020, Kia will eventually introduce the fourth-generation Carnival to India in 2024. The announcement is made even more exciting by the fact that Kia will be introducing the latest version of the fourth-generation Carnival, which was revealed a few days ago. While a number of petrol engines will be available for the extensively modified Kia Carnival across the globe, the India-spec Carnival will continue to be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine paired to an 8-speed automated transmission.

A brand-new Kia EV9

By the end of 2024, Kia plans to introduce its new flagship all-electric SUV, the EV9, in India, solidifying its leadership in the premium EV market. This brand-new electric SUV has a futuristic design language, a 180-degree rotating second row of seats, and is around the size of a Mahindra XUV700. The new Kia EV9, which will sit above the EV6 electric crossover, will be available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. It is unclear whether of the two battery options for the EV9 – 76.1kWh for the Standard and 99.8kWh for the Long-Range – will be shipped to India. The EV9 is available worldwide.

Additional projects under the Kia 2.0 plan

Apart from these three automobiles, Kia is also preparing an MPV, or “RV” as Kia refers to them, that will be available in models powered by internal combustion engines as well as electric ones. This new MPV is expected to compete with existing three-row vehicles in this segment, such the Toyota Innova Hycross and Mahindra XUV700, by occupying the space left by the Carens and Carnival. Kia has also stated clearly that it will only concentrate on SUVs and MPVs, not introducing any hatchbacks or sedans into the Indian market.

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