Kia Clavis

Kia is launching a new compact SUV named Clavis that will compete with popular sub-4 meter models like the Vitara Brezza and Nexon. Slotted sizewise between Kia’s Sonet and Seltos, the boxy Clavis promises a rugged style, roomy interior packed with features, electrified powertrains like a 1.5L hybrid/PHEV, and an expected launch in late 2024 as a 2025 model year vehicle.

Positioned as a feature-rich offering above the Hyundai Venue but below mid-size SUV pricing, the upcoming Clavis rounds out Kia’s Indian SUV range with an attractively styled and efficient crossover.

Kia Motors is developing an all-new sub-4 meter compact SUV that will slot between their popular Sonet and Seltos models. Internally codenamed “AY,” rumors suggest this new entry in Kia’s SUV range could launch as the ‘Clavis’ in India and other markets.


As Kia’s SUV lineup continues driving strong sales growth globally, the addition of the Clavis allows them to compete in the rapidly growing compact crossover space. Here’s everything we know so far about the design, positioning, specs, and launch timeline for Kia’s future subcompact SUV challenger.

Exterior Styling – Boxy Proportions with Rugged Cues

Recent spy shots of Clavis prototypes undergoing testing reveal a boxy shape that maximizes interior room while keeping an overall length under 4 meters. Short front and rear overhangs push the wheels outward for a rugged overall stance.

Other exterior design details that stand out include:

  • Upright windshield and rear glass
  • Pronounced wheel arches and body cladding
  • Dual-tone machine-cut alloy wheels
  • Roof rails add height and practicality

While the camouflage prevents seeing production styling cues, expect Kia’s latest SUV to receive the brand’s signature tiger nose grille, LED lighting elements, and a unique rear tail light design.

Powertrain Options – Hybrids and PHEV Models

No technical specifications are confirmed, but reports indicate multiple powertrain options will be available in global markets at launch:

  • 1.2 liter petrol/CNG engine
  • 1.5 liter diesel with turbocharging
  • 1.5 liter hybrid system
  • Plug-in hybrid model possible

The hybrid and plug-in variants would be firsts for this emerging subcompact SUV segment. The electrified powertrains will emphasize efficiency and lower emissions while still prioritizing interior space.

Interior Dimensions, Comfort and Tech

As a larger alternative to the sub-4 meter Sonet, the upcoming Clavis is expected to rival or possibly surpass its interior dimensions. Cabin comfort for 5 passengers, rear seat legroom, and cargo capacity behind the second row will be strong selling points.

Equipment levels and technology features will also move more upmarket. Expect segment-above goodies similar to other recently launched Kia SUVs:

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen
  • Digital driver’s display
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Multiple USB ports
  • Advanced connectivity and infotainment

Pricing will ultimately determine trim levels, but top end Clavis models should rival mid-size SUVs for features and quality.

India Launch Timeline and Positioning

Kia has confirmed another SUV launching in 2024 for the Indian market. While not officially named, speculation points to the production-ready Clavis hitting dealerships in late 2024 as a 2025 model year vehicle.

How Kia positions this new subcompact SUV alongside its sibling Hyundai Venue and sister SUVs from other brands will be important. Expect higher pricing than the Venue but below Seltos levels. This should place it squarely in competition with players like:

  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
  • Mahindra XUV300
  • Tata Nexon

As dimensions grow closer to compact SUVs than today’s sub-4 meter crop, Kia India could pitch Clavis shoppers on added interior space and comfort over established models due for redesigns.

Impact on Car Enthusiasts

Potential impacts the Kia Clavis could have on car enthusiasts in India:

  • Introduces an affordable new crossover option with striking style
  • The boxy shape stands out from curvy subcompact rivals, offering enthusiasts a fresh SUV design
  • Arrival of new powertrain technologies
  • Hybrid and plug-in variants pave the way for more electrified vehicle options
  • Could influence wider industry adoption of fuel efficient/electric small SUVs
  • Strong feature set raises expectation for the segment
  • Ventilated seats, 10 inch displays, etc set a new tech benchmark in budget category
  • Forces competitors to upgrade their offerings to match or exceed
  • Disrupts the competitive order
  • Well-equipped, value-driven pricing could shake up sales rankings
  • Success may spur more brands to enter growing budget crossover space
  • Expands Kia’s youthful, exciting image
  • Enthusiasts attracted to Kia’s sporty brand persona have a new model to desire
  • Cements the automaker’s reputation for building fun, practical SUVs

The Clavis has the ingredients – style, value, tech – to become an enthusiast favorite while reshaping the affordable end of India’s SUV marketplace. Kia seems primed to again wow shoppers in a hotly contested segment.

Clavis Subcompact SUV – Conclusion

Kia is investing heavily to become a leader in the fast-growing SUV market globally. The upcoming Clavis model will round out its Indian lineup with an intriguing new challenger in the subcompact crossover category.

Blending style, space, efficiency and value has driven sales of the Seltos and Sonet. This same formula looks to again win over buyers seeking modern compact SUV transportation with a hint of ruggedness.

As the camouflage comes off later testing prototypes, important pieces of the Clavis product puzzle will emerge. Until then, Kia’s new crossover appears well-positioned to disrupt the status quo when it hits the streets in 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Kia Clavis

What size SUV will the Kia Clavis be?

The Clavis will be a new subcompact SUV positioned between Kia’s smaller Sonet and larger Seltos models. It is expected to be under 4 meters long to qualify for lower excise duties.

When will the Clavis model be launched in India?

Rumors point to a late 2024 India launch. This would mean it arrives as a 2025 model year vehicle.

Will the Clavis be offered with hybrid or electric powertrains?

Yes, reports indicate the Clavis could launch with multiple engine options including 1.5 liter hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. An all-electric model may follow later.

What features will the Clavis offer buyers?

Top trim levels are expected to match mid-size SUVs for features: 10.25” display, digital gauges, ventilated front seats, numerous USB ports, and excellent smartphone connectivity.

How will Kia position and price the Clavis in the Indian market?

Pricing will be above the Hyundai Venue but below the Seltos range. This should place it against other sub-4 meter SUVs like the Vitara Brezza, XUV300, and Tata Nexon.

Interested to Learn More?

The Kia Clavis shows exciting potential as an all-new compact crossover offering style, space, efficiency and value. Want to stay updated on the launch timeline, pricing details, dimensions, and feature equipment list as details continue emerging?

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