Kia’s Answer to Tata Nexon.EV: A New Sub-Compact EV SUV for the Indian Masses!

Kia has had a busy 2023. The company launched facelifted versions of both the Seltos and Sonet SUVs earlier this year, and it's looking to build on that success with ambitious plans for 2024.

To get there, Kia is preparing itself by launching new products- and more refreshed existing ones in the near future. It certainly looks like it will have its hands full until then, but one major gap in its lineup so far has been an electric offering.

Kia apparently wants to correct that as soon as it practically can. The company is preparing to launch new products in the coming years. The part of that plan will include considering a “new compact electric SUV to meet [the] evolving needs of an Indian consumer who is richer now than ever before.”

This sort of reads like a confirmation that Kia wants to compete with Tata’s new Nexon.EV compact SUV!

Kia’s New Compact EV SUV Would Possibly Make a Debut in Early 2025

It is well known that Kia’s answer to the Tata Nexon.EV will be a new sub-compact electric SUV for the Indian masses. Myung-Sik Sohn, the Chief Sales and Business Officer of Kia India, confirmed this in a media interaction.

Sohn also said that the car would rival the massively popular Nexon.EV. The next all-electric SUV from Kia will be an undoubtedly more premium offering complete with modern features and design.

Its formal launch can now be expected no earlier than very early in 2025 as confirmed by Sohn himself. This is Kia’s initial venture into the cheap EV sector!

Tata Motors (for the time being) seems to be ahead among other carmakers with its affordable electric vehicles such as Nexon.EV, Tiago.EV, and the Tigor.EV.

This New EV SUV Might also be an EV Version of the Kia Sonet!

At this stage, there is virtually no information available on the upcoming Kia electric sub-compact SUV.

However, it is believed that this EV could very well be an all-electric version of the Kia Sonet and thus serve as a more premium alternative to cars like the Tata Nexon.EV.

Kia could decide to equip its new electric SUV with a brand-new platform which would be designed specifically for EVs like its big brothers, the Lyriq-inspired EV6 and the (upcoming) sharper flagship EV9!

India is the world’s fifth-largest economy and full of opportunity. However, Tata Nexon.EV- a sub-compact as well- leads the way when it comes to electrification in the country.

Its competitors include an eclectic mix of vehicles such as Mahindra’s XUV400, MG Motor’s ZS EV, and Hyundai Kona Electric; but its biggest rival could come from within Korea itself.

Hyundai is developing an all-electric version of its Creta SUV to eventually replace the now relatively pricey Kona Electric while Maruti Suzuki will launch its ambitious eVX electric SUV concept sometime before 2024.

Honda for its part plans on introducing an all-electric version of its radical Elevate sometime before 2025. So, we can expect a tough competition between Kia’s next EV and all these current and newer gen ones!

The Bottom Line

With the EV6 and now Kia's entry into the sub-compact SUV segment, Indian buyers are getting more options in the niche electric crossover space.

It’s not just these two segments though: Kia has prioritized India with its focus on refreshing its Sonet and Seltos SUVs - which it sells globally (and under a different name, Trailster, in some markets)- and introducing its Carens MPV here.

Its most premium model that will be sold here is the EV6 but that might soon change once Kia starts selling the all-new Carnival MPV here.

Also noteworthy would be how fast Kia has followed up to give to Indians an electric version of what could become a significant vehicle for it; there have been whispers about plans for an EV9 as well!

Let’s see what Kia has in store for the Indian EV market!

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