Kia Seltos is now India’s highest selling SUV, beating the much cheaper Maruti Vitara Brezza by a big margin last month. The compact SUV has a slew of engines and gearboxes for the buyer to choose from and in 2020, another powertrain is set to make the Seltos even more attractive. An electric version of the Seltos is said to be in the works, reports TheKea. The Kia Seltos Electric, will reportedly borrow the powertrain from the Hyundai Kona, an electric SUV that’s already on sale in India, with terrific response. Given the fact that the Hyundai Kona gets two electric powertrains: 140 Hp and 204 Hp, it’ll be interesting to see which one makes it to the Seltos Electric. Notably, the Seltos Electric will first go on sale in Kia Motors’ home market of South Korea, followed by a launch in India. this is precisely the same approach Kia took with the launch of the petrol and diesel engined Seltos.
The Kia Seltos Electric is expected to hit roads in South Korea during the second half of 2020. There is a possibility of the electric SUV making it to India by the end of next year or early 2021. Kia Motors has indicated that it would launch one new product in India every six months. Given the fact that the Carnival MPV will be launched in early 2020 and the sub-4 meter compact SUV is lined up for mid 2020, the launch of the Electric Seltos in early 2021 seems to be the best bet as of now. While the Hyundai Kona is assembled in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route, the Seltos Electric could be fully built in India save for the electric powertrain, which is likely to be imported. This will potentially make the Seltos Electric cheaper than the Kona, making it very attractive for buyers seeking a city SUV with decent highway capability. A 400 kilometer range is almost a given.
Electric vehicles are slowly but steadily on their way to becoming mainstream in the Indian car market. While Mahindra’s E2O and eVerito were pioneers of this segment in current times, Hyundai has brough in the Kona, Tata now offers the Tigor EV to private buyers and MG Motor has just begun accepting bookings for the eZS compact SUV. Sometime next year, Tata Motors will launch the Nexon Electric SUV, which was just unveiled days ago. Competition in the electric car space seems to be hotting up.