Ford has been doing well in the Indian market especially in the SUV domain. The new EcoSport along with the Endeavour have been steady on the sales charts and the American carmaker now plans to launch the Kuga in India by the end of this month. Under the hood of the Kuga, we can expect a 1.5-litre mill which will be good enough to produce a hefty 148 bhp of power along with an option of a 2.0-litre which will be offered with different tunes. Prices are expected to start from Rs. 12 lakh, hence competing directly with the Hyundai Creta.
Kia will be entering the Indian market and the carmaker has already started acquiring dealerships for itself in India for the same. Rio sedan is in its fourth generation now and will be the carmaker’s main product for the India operations. Build on an all-new platform, the next-generation model gets increased length of 4384mm (15mm longer) and wheelbase of 2580mm (up by 10mm). However, the width and height has been reduced to offer a more balanced ride. Internationally, it comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine developing 132PS and 147.78Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. It is likely to get the diesel engine of the Hyundai Verna when it comes to India. It’ll rival the Maruti Ciaz and the Honda City.
Korean carmaker Hyundai has been doing well in the Indian market and will be updating its hatchback i20 soon as well. Keeping up with the changing trends, they will be launching a new model called the Kona hopefully at the Auto Expo. The Hyundai Kona design would be based on the Hyundai Elite i20 platform with aggressive styling features and versatile interiors like Creta. The exteriors will have new headlights with daytime running lights, ORVMs with integrated indicators and stylish tail lamps. The interiors will have premium-quality trims, multi-information instrument cluster and advanced infotainment system. The safety features of dual airbags, ABS with EBD and parking assistant system would be featured as a standard.
Under the hood, the petrol version of Kona is expected to feature a 1.4 L 4-cylinder engine with power of 120 PS whereas the diesel version can be expected to be available with 1.4 L and 1.6 L engine versions. The transmission system will have a 6-speed manual gearbox and the 4-speed automatic transmission can be expected in the top variants of the petrol version.
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