Kia will launch its much anticipated compact SUV, called the Seltos, on the 22nd of August, which makes it less than a month away from now. Earlier this month, Kia opened the bookings of the Seltos and over 6,000 people across India booked the SUV in a single day, which in itself is a record of sorts. Display units of the Seltos have started to reach dealerships across the country as the pre-bookings have already commenced. You can now visit a Kia dealership near you, check out the Seltos and pre-book the SUV by paying a token amount of Rs. 25,000. Deliveries of the Seltos are likely to begin right from the day of launch in August. The images below from Team-Bhp show a Kia Seltos on display at a Chennai Kia dealership.
Till date, the manufacturer has established 265 touchpoints, 206 sales points and 192 service points across 160 cities which is no small feat for a manufacturer that is yet launched its first car in India. Almost all the major cities in the country now have Kia dealerships with several metro cities having multiple dealerships as well. Cities like Delhi (and NCR), Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Bangalore have more than two Kia dealerships. Other major cities where Kia has marked its presence include Lucknow, Kanpur, Kochi, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Kannur, Calicut, Tirupati, Patna, Latur and Ludhiana among others.
To let you know, the Seltos was first showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in its concept form known as the SP Concept. On the outside, the Seltos is quite a looker with that tiger grille nose, full LED headlamps and vertically mounted fog lamps, and stylish looking machined alloy wheels. Talking about the interiors of the car, Kia has equipped the Seltos pretty generously and the SUV will come with a Bose music system, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charging, heads-up display, cruise control, large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, coloured MID, ambient lighting, electronic parking brake, cruise control, hill assist, sunroof, air purifier and multiple driving modes among others.
Talking about the engines, Kia is offering two petrol engines along with a diesel unit. The less powerful petrol engine will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that generates a maximum power of 115 Bhp and peak torque of 144 Nm. The diesel engine on the Seltos will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum of 115 Bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque. The most powerful engine in the lineup will be introduced on the high-performance GT Line variant. This engine is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out a maximum power of 140 Bhp and peak torque of 252 Nm. All the engine options will get a 6-speed manual transmission while there will be a CVT automatic for the 1.5-litre petrol, a 6-speed automatic for the diesel engine and a 7-speed Dual-Clutch transmission for the 1.4-litre GT Line variant.