The Sportage SUV car and Soul crossover by the South Korean car maker, Kia, has been spotted testing on the Indian roads. This, however, is not the first time when Kia-made vehicles are seen in India as several cars were earlier noticed being transported to countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Interestingly, the most recent spied images show that the car carried temporary West Bengal number plates. Hence, one could easily assume that the cars are currently in the testing phase on Indian soil. However, the company has not given any confirmation in this regards.
Though it has been elusive from the Indian market, the Sportage SUV car from South Korea’s second largest car maker, is one of the oldest models from the maker and is currently in its fourth generation. It can be said that this car is directly thrown up at rivalry with the Hyundai Tucson with smarter interior finish and sportier exterior styling. Once launched in India, the Sportage might feature a similar engine option to that of the Tucson. This eventually means that this car may have a 2.0-litre oil burner engine as the mainstay.
The second model, the Soul crossover looks to be a totally unique product from the Kia godown and presently has no such parallel competitive car from Hyundai. The car is presently in its second generation and had received heavy range of changes to its feature lists when it was rephrased.
Spokesperson from the Kia automaker company has said that they have been looking for suitable international locations with good potential for its global manufacturing unit. This search includes India as one of the possible destinations. However, the South Korean automaker is yet to finalise a location to set up its first production unit.