Kia Motors unveils India portfolio for 2019

Auto Expo 2018 Concept Future-S offers revolutionary SUV-like features says Maruti's RS Kalsi

Kia has officially announced its arrival in the India market at the Auto Expo. Based on Tata's new IMPACT design 2.0 philosophy, the new X451 hatch gets edgy design which gives a stylish appeal to the exterior profile. A flat bonnet on the front, mildly raked windscreen and high ground clearance give it the traits of an SUV of the current day, and the Concept Future-S also comes with features like suicide doors and a spherical touchscreen display, keeping up with the modern day needs. The 2.5 million-sq. -meter facility will have annual capacity for 300,000 units.

Kia said the spacious compact SUV with a sleek design is the company's strategic model specifically created to target motorists in India where small crossovers are very popular.

Commenting on Kia's official debut here, he said, "This attractive country of India is the final piece of puzzle in Kia's global footprint".

Commenting on the company's future endeavor, Ayukawa said being the leading automobile manufacturer of the country, MSI would continue to pursue Make in India.

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As Kia is the 8th largest auto manufacturer, selling 2.8 million units past year across 180 countries companies think of, he adds on to it. The company also showcased the concept version of what will eventually be the first product sold by Kia India.

The biggest Indian automaker, Maruti Suzuki is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that after ruling the hatchback segment for years, they emerge out as a leader in SUV segment also in the Indian vehicle market. We are here in India to be part of that success story, which has been put into motion by progressive government policies and decision making. ConceptFutureS, with its unique aggressive stance and posture and bold, exciting interiors, is set to redefine the compact vehicle design in India.

Ayukawa also said MSI is on course to convert its large portfolio of products to meet BS VI emission standards in time for the advanced deadline of 2020.

Other models displayed by Kia at the expo include city auto Picanto, passenger vehicle Rio, crossover Stonic and 7-seater Sorento among others.

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