The Kia Seltos compact SUV has already been revealed through leaked spyshots from an ad shoot, where the SUV was uncamouflaged. However, Kia Motors will go ahead with the official reveal of the Seltos’ production version on the 20th of June, 2019, in India. However, the Seltos is likely to go on sale first in Kia’s home market of South Korea soon after the unveil. The Indian launch for the SUV will happen in the second half of this year. Meanwhile, Kia Motors has put out a teaser showing some design highlights of the Seltos SUV – its first product for the Indian market. Check it out.
While the Kia Seltos will share its platform with the Hyundai Creta, it will be built at a totally different factory in India, in this case a newly set up greenfield manufacturing facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. New reports suggest that the Seltos will get turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options, which are quite different from the engines offered on the Creta. In fact, the Seltos will be offered with a 1.4 liter, 140 Bhp turbo petrol engine and a 2 liter, 150 Bhp turbo diesel engine in specific markets of the world. Even an all wheel drive option will be offered in specific markets while a front wheel drive mode will be standard across most variants of the Seltos.
It remains to be seen if Kia opts for the more powerful petrol and diesel engines for the SUV sold in India or if it goes with new 1.5 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines that have been developed for the Hyundai Creta once the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into place. These details are likely to be clear when the SUV is shown at the official reveal on 20th June. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are expected on this SUV. For now, other teasers of the Seltos suggest that it will have a high level of equipment on board, making it pricier than the Hyundai Creta. In fact, the Seltos could be priced in the Mahindra XUV500 range but will offer only 5 seats.
As for features, the Seltos’ minimal dashboard design will host a large, 10 inch touchscreen infotainment interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an electric sunroof, ambient lighting, a 360-degree camera, electric parking brake, wireless charging, in-car Wi-Fi, head-up display, a heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, LED DRLs, LED projector headlamps, 6 airbags, ABS, traction control, hill hold, ESP, driving modes, steering assist modes, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters and quiet mode with driver-talk mode for the Bluetooth interface.