Kia and Hyundai are two of the most popular car brands in India, offering a wide range of feature-packed and affordable models. The Korean duo is not resting on their laurels, as they have planned to launch several new cars in the Indian market in the next year. Here are some of the upcoming Kia and Hyundai cars that you can expect to see on the roads in 2024.
Kia Sonet Facelift
The Kia Sonet is one of the best-selling sub-4-meter SUVs in India, competing with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. The Sonet was launched in 2020 and is due for a facelift on December 14, 2023. The updated Sonet will get a design overhaul, with new LED headlamps and tail lamps, bumpers and alloy wheels. The interior will also get some changes, such as a new steering wheel, a 4-way electric adjust for the driver’s seat, and a 10.25-inch fully digital driver’s display. The Sonet facelift will also get some new features, such as Level 1 ADAS, rear disc brakes, 360-degree parking camera, and more. The engine options will remain the same, except for the addition of a manual transmission for the 1.5-litre CRDi diesel engine.
Hyundai Creta Facelift
The Hyundai Creta is the undisputed leader of the mid-size SUV segment in India, outselling its rivals like the Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500 by a huge margin. The second-generation Creta was launched in March 2020 and will get its first mid-life update on January 16, 2024. The Creta facelift will get some India-specific design changes, different from the international-spec model. The spy shots suggest that it will get a new set of LED headlamps and tail lamps, bumpers and alloy wheels. The interior will also get some minor updates, such as a new instrument cluster, a wireless charger, and a panoramic sunroof. The Creta facelift will also get a new engine option, a 160 bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, which will be paired with a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
The Kia EV9 is the flagship electric SUV from Kia, which was showcased in India at the 2023 Auto Expo in its concept form. The EV9 is part of Kia’s 2.0 strategy, which aims to launch 11 electric vehicles globally by 2025. The EV9 is expected to launch in India sometime in 2024, as a premium offering in the electric vehicle segment. The EV9 is a three-row SUV, which will sit above the EV6 in Kia’s portfolio. The EV9 will come with multiple powertrain options, including a RWD and AWD system. The EV9 will also offer a long range, up to 541 kilometres on a single charge, using a 99.8 kWh battery pack. The EV9 will also come with a host of features, such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, a 14-speaker Meridian sound system, and more.
Hyundai Alcazar Facelift
The Hyundai Alcazar is the three-row version of the Creta, which was launched in 2021. The Alcazar is a premium SUV, which offers a spacious and comfortable cabin, with a choice of six or seven seats. The Alcazar is also loaded with features, such as a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless charger, a 360-degree camera, and more. The Alcazar is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine, both of which are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Alcazar will soon get a mid-life update, which will be launched in 2024, sometime after the launch of the Creta facelift. The Alcazar facelift will get a similar design to the Creta facelift, along with some new features and equipment.
Hyundai Verna N-Line
The Hyundai Verna is one of the most popular sedans in the compact sedan segment, competing with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. The Verna was launched in 2020, with a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, which produces 160 bhp and 253 Nm of torque. This engine is meant for thrill seekers, who want a sporty and fun-to-drive sedan. To up the ante of the Verna, Hyundai will launch a new N-Line version in 2024, which will get some sporty styling tweaks, such as red accents, sporty alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and more. The Verna N-Line will also get some mechanical changes, such as a tweaked steering geometry and suspension setup, for a more engaging driving experience.