Kia & Hyundai will be manufacturing and supplying engines to each other; If justified by demand, the 1.4 l GDI will also be manufactured in India.
Kia Motors will be launching its much-awaited Seltos compact SUV in India on August 22, 2019. While the Seltos will take on the might of the Hyundai Creta in a segment it has dominated, both compact SUVs will share synergies going forward. Kia will be introducing the Seltos with three BS VI-compliant engines – a 1.5 l petrol, 1.5 l turbo diesel & a 1.4 l turbo GDI petrol.
To begin with, these motors will be available exclusively on the Seltos. However, Hyundai will be launching the second-generation Creta in India before the BS VI emission norms kick in next year, and is expected to showcase the Creta at the 2020 Auto Expo. Auto Tech Review has learned from credible sources that the upcoming Creta will feature the BS VI-compliant 1.5 l petrol as well as the 1.5 l turbo diesel engines.
In total, Kia is offering six powertrain options on the Seltos. The company will manage this by sourcing the 1.5 l turbo diesel from Hyundai and will only manufacture the 1.5 l petrol. Auto Tech Review has also learned that both companies will be swapping engines going forward. Kia will manufacture and provide the 1.5 l petrol motor to Hyundai, while Hyundai will do the same with the 1.5 l turbo diesel. At present, the 1.4 l turbo GDI petrol engine is being imported. However, if demand for this engine is substantial, Kia may begin local manufacturing of this unit as well.
The Kia Seltos has also been built on an updated version of the Hyundai Creta’s current platform. This has given the new compact SUV bigger dimensions than that of the Creta. The Seltos is longer than the Creta by 45 mm; it is also wider by 20 mm and has a wheelbase that is longer by 15 mm. Even the boot is larger than that of the Hyundai Creta by around 31 mm. The next generation Hyundai Creta is likely to be introduced on this platform, claimed sources.