Kia New 7 Seat MPV - Toyota Innova Crysta Rival?

Kia New 7 Seat MPV - Toyota Innova Crysta Rival?

by admin | December 18, 2020

Kia New MPV

The Kia Carnival premium MPV was launched earlier this year as Kia’s flagship model in India. However, now Kia motors India is developing a new mid size MPV to be positioned below the Toyota Innova Crysta.

This new mid-size family MPV will be based on the Kia Seltos’ platform with better crash protection and extended dimensions. This new MPV will be positioned between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (4,395mm in length) and Toyota Innova Crysta (4,735mm in length), and will directly rival the Mahindra Marazzo (4,585mm in length) in terms of dimensions and positioning. This new MPV is likely to have both 7 and 8 seat options.


Exterior design is likely to include the front fascia similar to the Seltos, featuring sharp LED headlamps and LED fog lamps. The signature” Tiger-nose grille will also feature the knurled Chrome finish. The proportions are expected to be spot on for this new MPV and is also expected to feature split LED tail lamps. 16 or 17 inch alloy wheels are expected too.


The interior of this new MPV will also carry forward a lot of design elements and materials from the Seltos and the Carnival. Similar to the Seltos and the Sonet, a large touchscreen is expected to be the mounted on the dash top, while being connected to a colour instrument cluster.


In terms of features, the new Kia MPV will be fully-loaded with equipment from the Kia Sonet and Seltos as well. Here are the expected features:

  • Leather wrap steering

  • TFT colour instrument cluster

  • Cruise control

  • Auto headlamps

  • 10.25” Touchscreen

  • UVO connected car tech

  • Auto climate control

  • Rear AC vents

  • Leather upholstery

  • Smart key access

  • Easy fold rear seats

  • Electric sunroof

  • Rear seat Sun blinds

  • Powered tailgate

  • Wireless charger

  • 360 degree camera



Similar to the Seltos, the new MPV is expected to get a 1.5L petrol and a 1.5L diesel engine. Both engines are likely to produce an identical 115PS of Max Power. While the petrol engine is likely to get a CVT option, the diesel range is also expected to offer a torque converter automatic transmission apart from the standard 6 speed manual.


Since the Kia Seltos scored a rather disappointing 3 stars at the Global NCAP crash tests, the new MPV is likely to feature better strengthening and crash protection. Apart from standard safety features such as dual airbags and ABS, the new MPV is expected to include the following:

  • 6 airbags on top Variants

  •  ESP

  • Traction control

  • Hill hold control

  • All wheel disc brakes

  • Smart key access

  • UVO connect assist

  • 360 degree camera

Launch and pricing:

Since the Maruti Ertiga is available only with a petrol engine for now, and the Mahindra Marazzo gets only a 1.5-litre diesel engine, this might be a good opportunity to cash in on the MPV segment by offering both options with great features at competitive prices.

This new MPV is expected to be launched later in 2021 and will compete against all 7 seat MPVs including the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the XL6, the Mahindra Marazzo and the Toyota Innova Crysta. The higher Variants may also compete with the new MG Hector plus.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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    Tata Motors have revealed their flagship Safari 7-seat SUV on the 26th January 2021. The new Safari will be available in 6 variants in total.

    The Variants include:

    XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, XZ+

    The new gen Safari is essentially the 7 seat extended version of the Harrier 5 seat SUV based on the Land Rover derived OMEGA arc platform. Earlier this SUV was named the Buzzard at the Geneva auto expo, which was then changed to Gravitas for the Delhi auto expo last year. Now, Tata motors has finalized that it will be the successor to legendary


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    and iconic Safari SUV.

    Based on the Harrier, the Safari will be around 60mm longer than the Harrier to accommodate the extra 2 seats while also being taller to provide better headroom for the 3rd row. Except for the larger dimensions and extra seats, the Safari is largely similar to the 5-seat Harrier. However, the front grille gets a slightly different treatment, featuring the signature Tri-arrow pattern finished in Chrome.

    The tailgate is more upright, giving the Safari a more boxy appearance and the SUV will also feature long functional roof rails for lifestyle utility. The top spec variants will receive 18” dual tone alloy wheels with the design similar to the Harrier's whereas the lower spec variants will carry forward the exact same 16” Steel wheels seen on the Harrier’s lower variants. The higher variants are also offered with a Panoramic sunroof.

    The new Safari will be available with 7 seats as standard while only the XZ and XZ+ will be optional with a 6 seat configuration.

    Here’s a detailed walkthrough on the features available on the different Variants:


    Projector headlamps

    Functional roof rails (75kg load bearing)

    Halogen bi-functional DRLs

    Central locking

    All-black interior

    Telescopic steering wheel

    Front center armrest with cooled storage

    Power windows

    Manual Aircon

    Rear AC vents

    Digital MID

    60:40 split 2nd row seats

    Boss mode 2nd row

    50:50 split 3rd row

    16” Steel rims

    Standard safety features include:

    Dual airbags

    Pretensioner seatbelts

    All wheel disc brakes

    ABS with EBD

    Corner stability control

    ESP with traction control

    Hill hold control

    Roll over mitigation

    Hydraulic brake assist

    Electronic brake prefill

    Brake disc wiping

    Engine drag torque control

    ISOFIX child seat mounts

    Reverse sensors

    Engine immobilizer

    Perimetric alarm


    Front fog lamps

    Rear wiper/washer and defogger

    Electrically adjustable ORVMs

    Driver seat height adjust

    7” touchscreen system

    Reverse assist display

    6 speakers from Harman

    Steering mounted audio controls

    Rear armrest

    Remote central locking

    Multi drive modes : City, Eco and Sport


    18” single tone alloys

    Soft touch dash top

    Dual tone interior

    Reverse camera

    Android Auto & Apple carplay

    IRA connect features

    What 3 words

    Smart key access

    Push button start

    Power folding ORVMs

    Cruise control

    Auto climate control

    Auto Headlamps & wipers

    Mood lighting

    Auto dimming IRVM

    Tyre pressure monitoring system


    Panoramic sunroof


    Dual tone machined 18” alloys

    Xenon projector headlamps

    Oyster white Leather upholstery

    Leather wrap steering and gear lever

    7” semi digital instrument cluster

    8.8” touchscreen system

    9 speakers from JBL with subwoofer

    6 way Powered driver seat

    Driver lumbar adjust

    Terrain response modes (Wet and rough modes)

    Additional safety features include:

    6 Airbags

    Hill descent control


    Panoramic sunroof


           The Safari, just like the Harrier will be available with a diesel engine mated to a 6 speed manual transmission as standard. A 6 speed torque converter automatic transmission will be available only on the XMA, XZA and XZA+ variants. The 2L Kryotec turbo diesel produces 170PS Power and 350NM torque. From the XM variant onwards, the Safari will be available with three drive modes; Eco, City and Sport.

    Launch & price:

            The new Safari is expected to be priced from ?15L to ?20L for the Manual variants and ?17.5L to ?21L for the Automatic variants. Bookings for the new Safari will commence from the 4th of February onwards and when launched, Tata’s new flagship SUV will compete against the likes of the MG Hector plus and the next generation Mahindra XUV500.

    Stay tuned for further updates on the pricing.


    It's been almost a decade since the launch of the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in India. Finally, these mid size sedans are scheduled to get replaced by all-new models in 2021. However, before laughing the sedans, VW-Skoda will be launching the SUVs first. 

    The production version of the Skoda Vision IN concept SUV will be the first all new product in their new launch strategy. Next in-line will be the Volkswagen Taigun midsize SUV. Only after these launches, VW’s mid-size sedan will come to the market.

    Similar to the current Vento-Rapid models, the new generation sedans will share their underpinnings, switchgear


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    Both the midsize sedans are expected to retain the current 110hp, 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine, along with the 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque convertor automatic options. Besides this, VW-SKODA is also likely to bring a hybrid based powertrain.

    The larger 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit seen on the VW-SKODA SUVs will not be offered on the new Vento and Rapid sedans.

    VW-SKODA is pushing for 95 percent localisation and more parts sharing of new upcoming models to reduce costs.

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    The Nissan Magnite was launched on the 2nd of December and is expected to challenge rival sub-compact SUVs with Pricing, features and space as it's Trump cards. In just 5 days, the newest compact SUV has received 5,000 bookings, apart from over 50,000 enquiries. This is no mean feat given the meagre number of dealerships in India. 

    The Nissan Magnite was launched with an introductory starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the entry-level variant. However, 60% of the bookings are for the top XV and XV premium variants.

    This introductory pricing though is valid till December 31 only, after which


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    The Magnite offers a whole lot of features and creature comforts; with all Variants excluding the entry-level XE being available with two engine options including a turbo engine and a CVT transmission option. The top-of-the-line XV Premium is loaded with features such as 360-degree monitor, Digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents, 16” alloys, all-LED lamps, etc. The XV premium is also available with a Dual Tone roof option which makes the topmost CVT version available for Rs 9.59 lakh (ex-showroom).

    The Magnite offers a spacious cabin with comforts like rear-seat armrest available from the Turbo XL Variant itself. The entry-level XE variant offers quite a list of standard features including all power windows, Rear wiper, washer, defogger, 16” wheels and fabric padding on the doors.

    All Variants are available with a 1.0L naturally aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine which produces 72PS of Max Power through a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, the 100PS turbo petrol engine is available only from the XL Variant onwards. All turbo variants get ESP, traction control, Hill holds assist and Hydraulic brake assist as standard. The turbo variants also can be had with the Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox.

    Nissan is also offering a Tech Pack for an additional Rs 38,698 on the XV and XV premium Variants. The Tech Pack includes more features like an air purifier, puddle lamps, ambient light, wireless car charging, premium JBL speakers and LED scuff plates.

    NISSAN India is not only targeting the CSUV segment with the Magnite; The non-turbo variants are aimed at the hatchback segment buyers who would want additional space, comfort and SUV appeal. For sure the Magnite will be a great success and will help rebuild the image of the almost forgotten Japanese car market in India. However, Nissan will have to put more effort to expand its sales and post-sales network, which is essentially the key to gain the trust of customers.