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kia seltos ev: Kia Seltos EV in the works, likely to launch in 2020, Auto News, ET Auto

New Delhi: South Korean carmaker, Kia has already grabbed many eyeballs in the Indian market with its debut offering, the Seltos SUV. The company has claimed that it has delivered more than 40,000 units of the SUV since the August launch. Now, the car is ready to receive a touch of electrification, reveals a media report.

The automaker will launch a battery-electric version of the Kia Seltos, possibly in 2020, further claims the report.

Kia Seltos EV is currently under development and the car is internally codenamed as SP2 EV. It could receive the electric powertrain from Soul EV and Hyundai Kona EV. The latter model is already available in the Indian market.

With the arrival of the Kia Seltos EV, the automaker will have a total of three electric cars in its portfolio, as it already sells Soul EV and Niro EV.

Expect the Kia Seltos EV to come with a 206 PS generating electric motor combined with a 64 kWh battery pack. While the automaker is yet to reveal details of the upcoming EV, expect it to offer around 400 km range on a single charge.

The media report claims that this electric SUV will be focused on Asian markets only, with South Korea being the first. China will also be an important market for the EV and it could arrive in the Indian market as well. With the Kia Seltos positioned in the top 10 passenger vehicle list for consecutively two months in October and November this year, the EV will have a good chance to attract the new age customers.

However, the carmaker remains tightlipped about the details of this EV.

Kia plans to produce the Seltos EV in South Korea, with production scheduled to start in August 2020, claims the report. It further says that Kia has the plan to produce less than 10,000 units of the vehicle initially, which will expand depending on the demand expansion.