Kia India is poised to follow in the footsteps of Maruti Suzuki and other automakers and soon raise the prices of models in its lineup. The Korean auto giant will raise the prices of Seltos, Sonet, Carens, Carnival and EV6 from January next year. This is the automaker’s first major price hike since April this year. Incidentally, this will be the third price hike for the three-row Carens within a year of its launch in February of this year. Sonet also received another price hike in August.
Based on that India, prices go up to $50,000 will be deployed across its entire lineup. Details of the price increase are expected to be shared soon. The increased rates will be effective for existing bookings as of December 31 of this year. This means, if you’ve ordered a Kia and haven’t received delivery by the end of the year, be prepared to pay the increased price for this model.
Kia’s flagship model Seltos, which is also the company’s best-selling model in India, is expected to receive the facelift soon. The current generation Seltos SUV starts at $10.49 lakh (old gallery). Seltos is the second best-selling model in the compact SUV segment in this country.
The Sonet, one of the best-selling small SUVs in India, competes with the likes of tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza and Hyundai Venue. Its price starts from $7.49 lakh (old gallery). Together with Seltos, Sonet drives Kia’s overall sales in the country and together contribute more than 70% of sales.
The three-row Carens MPV launched in February this year is arguably the Kia model most affected by the price increase. Less than a year in India, the Carens has quickly proven to be the model that has helped Kia increase sales in recent times. It contributes about 10% of Kia’s total sales. The January bull run will be the third since launch. It’s available now with a starting price close to $10 lakh (old gallery).
First published date: December 7, 2022, 12:16 pm IST