These are the first spy pictures of the new mini MPV, codenamed YN, that Kia has been secretly developing at it’s Namyang research and development center in South Korea.
The first prototype was captured recently, by the crew of Autowereld spy photographers, when undergoing road testing. When mini MPV goes on sale, this will be Kia’s first venture into the mini MPV market, currently owned by Opel Meriva and Renault Modus.
Latest info coming from Kia states that the minivan will be based on the same platform as upcoming Kia Soul and Hyundai i20 compacts. We don’t know much at this point as far as engines go, suffice to say a wide range of four cylinder diesel and gasoline engines will be avaliable.
Production is expected to start at the Zilina, Slovakia, facility in the spring of 2009 with cars reaching dealerships across the Europe shortly afterwards as a 2010 model. Official presentation of the new Kia minivan is expected to happen at Geneva Motor Show next year. [Source: Autowereld.com]
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