Spied: Kia Sportage SUV and Niro crossover spotted on Indian soil

Kia Motors is gearing up for Auto Expo 2018, where they will showcase some exciting products coming to our country. The South-Korean automaker will make its India debut in that event. But recently, a couple of Kia cars were spotted in a yard here.

One of them is the Sportage SUV, which is launched in global markets some time ago. The European Sportage is available in 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, producing 153 bhp and 182 bhp of power respectively. It could be a good alternative to the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour in India.

The other one is a hybrid crossover, the Niro. It is another car launched by Kia globally, and is doing well there. The European Crossover has a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 1.56 KWh Lithium-Ion polymer battery.

It produces a decent 104 BHP of power. It would rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. Kia Motors haven’t yet confirmed which are the models planned for launch.

But, sources say that a mid-sized SUV and a sedan will be their first products in India. Currently, Kia Motors is working on a manufacturing facility for its models. Work is expected to start in the plant by 2019.

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