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New Kia Clavis SUV spotted road testing for the first time

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In a strategic move aimed at solidifying its position in the Indian SUV market, Kia is all set to roll out its latest offering, the Clavis SUV. Internally known as AY, this newcomer will be positioned to fill the gap between the recently launched Sonet and Seltos models, with expectations of hitting the market later this year.

In just four years, Kia has climbed up the ranks to become the 5th largest carmaker in India, thanks to the success of models like the Seltos, Sonet, and Carens. Now, with the upcoming Clavis SUV, Kia aims to further enhance its market share in the swiftly growing SUV segment.

Kia Clavis – What to Expect?

A notable feature of the Clavis is its tall, boxy design, prioritizing ample space for passengers. This design choice is seen as a potential solution to address the reported rear legroom issue in the Sonet. The Kia Clavis will be equipped with a decent boot and will also provide ample room for passengers. What makes the Clavis stand out is its distinctive design, carefully tailored to set it apart from its predecessors, the Sonet and Seltos. The SUV is expected to flaunt a rugged and muscular design. It would heavily be similar to the Clavis sold globally but, Kia India is expected to add some India-specific touches to the car.

ICE and EV 

The Clavis SUV is likely to offer both Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and Electric powertrains. For the ICE model the 1.0 L TGDi petrol will be borrowed from the Sonet. This motor produces 120 PS of maximum power and 172 Nm of peak torque. Transmission choices will include 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) and 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). Details about the electric variants remain slim, but industry standards suggest a range of approximately 350 km to 400 km, aligning with the growing trend towards sustainable mobility.

The introduction of the Clavis especially as an EV will be something that we will watch out for. It could be Kia’s first mass-market EV and would go up against the Mahindra XUV400 and the Tata Nexon Long Range.

The buzz around this model got a boost with the recent leak of the first spy shots from South Korea, courtesy of Shorts Car.