Kia has already managed to grab everyone's attention with its steep climb in the market in just one year of entry. This shows how serious and well prepared they are to tackle the Indian market. Sales had already crossed the 40,000 mark in December last year and in the first three months alone, Kia sold about 35,000 units of the Seltos. There is no turning back now for the Korean automaker!
Kia is planning to tap into the electric grid in the Indian automotive market. This car is under development as of now and is being considered to be brought to India. The development vehicle has been codenamed as SP2EV and would make it to Indian shores as early as the second quarter of 2021.
As Kia is a sister company of Hyundai, the development would incorporate technology used in many electric powertrains from Hyundai. By the insight into the new EV’s footprint, it might receive the electric powertrain used in Kia Soul EV and Hyundai Kona EV. Hyundai Kona EV is already on sale in India and so it makes more practical sense to use the same power plant.
If that's the case, then Kia Seltos EV will have a 203 bhp generating electric motor coupled with a 64 kWh battery pack. With this setup, the Kia Seltos EV will offer around 400 km on a single charge and if incorporated with quick charging, it will be an impressive feat.
As for the inside, the layout will remain the same and it will mostly be a carry forward with a few tweaks to the instrument cluster to showcase battery charge and vital information. It could also lose out on cargo space or ride height depending on the automaker’s decision of placement of the battery pack.
It will be a CBU unit and will be shipped from its home country, South Korea where the production is slated to start later this year. Will electrification of the best selling Kia in India bring about a shift in the usage of EVs? It's a tough call, but if Kia has a smart marketing strategy behind it, then things might work out!