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Kia Seltos compact SUV launch date revealed?

According to ACI, Kia Motors could launch the Seltos compact SUV on the 22nd of August, which is nearly 2 months away. The Kia Seltos will be the South Korean automaker’s first vehicle for India, and will use the Hyundai Creta’s platform. Other attributes such as styling, engines and the interiors will be totally different though. Why, the Seltos is even manufactured in a totally different factory that Kia Motors has set up in India, at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Days ago, Kia Motors revealed the Seltos through a global unveil that was held right here in India. The SUV will go on sale globally by the end of this year and the automaker’s home market of South Korea will get it first, within the next few days. Kia Motor is yet to commence official bookings for the Seltos, and in the coming weeks, an official announcement regarding the same is likely.

Kia Seltos compact SUV launch date revealed?

The Kia Seltos sold in India will be offered with three engine options, two in petrol and one in diesel. The petrol engines will be the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated unit with 115 Bhp-144 Nm and a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit with 140 Bhp-244 Nm. The diesel engine will be a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit with 115 Bhp-250 Nm. All three engines will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant right from the outset. 6 speed manual gearboxes will be standard on all three engines, and a choice of not one, not two but three automatic gearboxes will be offered.

The Seltos is the first affordable car in India to get three automatic gearbox options. The 1.5 liter petrol engine will get a CVT automatic gearbox option while the 1.4 liter turbo petrol motor will be offered with a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel will get a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Kia is expected to price the Seltos quite competitively as the automaker is said to have extensively localized the SUV.

Kia Seltos compact SUV launch date revealed?

Prices of the new SUV could start from around Rs. 10.5-11 lakhs, making it marginally pricier than the Hyundai Creta. At this price tag, the Seltos will undercut competition coming from the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the Mahindra XUV500. The top-end Seltos could be a lot pricier than the Creta though, with more features on offer, larger dimensions and more engines and gearboxes for the customer to choose from. Kia has begun setting up dealerships in most big cities of India, and in the coming weeks, display versions of the Seltos SUV are likely to arrive at these dealerships. So, keep your eyes peeled out for Kia dealerships in your city. Who knows, you could manage to snag a test drive or two before anyone else.