New Hyundai MPV based on Kia Carnival spied in China – is it India-bound?

Hyundai is seriously considering their plans of entering the MPV segment in India. The Korean automaker is reportedly working on a people mover, slated to come here next-year. It may be based on the Kia Carnival, which will be launched here during the 2020 Auto Expo.


The MPV was spotted during its testing phase in China and is set to launch there by the end of this year. When launched, the Chinese-spec MPV is likely to cost at around 2,00,000 yuan. On Indian currency, this sum is equal to Rs.20 lakh.

Coming to the pictures clicked, the overall design of the vehicle is quite similar to the Carnival. This includes the presence of sliding doors and a spacious cabin. It also features an attractive steering wheel, seen on the 2020 Sonata.

We have previously mentioned about the Hyundai Hexaspace concept MPV. Hyundai showcased this concept during the 2012 Auto Expo, with the model featuring the first iteration of the automaker’s fluidic design theme. Now, it seems likely to be placed at a side, with Hyundai using the Kia Carnival as the base for the vehicle.

Mechanically, details regarding the India-spec model will come at a time when Hyundai confirms the MPV for the market. The Kia Carnival is offered with a 2.2 litre, turbocharged diesel engine, making 220 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Hyundai may seem tempted to borrow the motor and place it on their MPV.

When launched, Hyundai will challenge the Kia Carnival and the Toyota Innova Crysta with this MPV here. At the moment, Hyundai are readying the next generations of the i20 and the Creta for India. There is also the Verna facelift on the pipeline, with all three models set to make their presence in the 2020 Auto Expo.


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