Following a series of test mule sightings, Kia has released an official teaser of the upcoming Kia Seltos facelift. The teaser confirms several exterior and interior highlights that were previously observed on the SUV’s test mules.
The official teaser showcases the revised front profile of the Kia Seltos facelift. Similar to the global-spec model available in overseas markets, the facelifted Seltos features a larger front grille compared to the outgoing model. The headlamps have also been updated, featuring all-LED lights with new daytime running LEDs that extend to the middle of the grille while emerging from the outer corners of the headlamps. The teaser also reveals the revised rear profile, with the Seltos facelift sporting redesigned LED tail lamps connected by an LED bar.
Kia provides a clear glimpse of the dashboard and centre console in the official teaser, confirming several features to be offered in the SUV. While retaining the flat-bottom multi-functional steering wheel with paddle shifters from the current model, the Seltos facelift introduces an all-new cockpit design. It includes a rectangular housing, similar to the Mahindra XUV700, with two distinct full-TFT screens for the instrument console and touchscreen infotainment system. The teaser also confirms the presence of dual-zone automatic climate control in the new model, with the lower centre console receiving revisions.
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Additionally, previous sightings of the Seltos facelift’s test mule have confirmed the presence of new front and rear bumpers, as well as different alloy wheels for the Tech-Line and GT-Line variants. The facelifted Seltos will also offer a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking camera, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
The Kia Seltos facelift will retain the current model’s 1.5-litre 115 PS petrol and diesel engines, along with the existing transmission choices. However, it will also introduce the new-generation 1.5-litre four-cylinder 160 PS turbocharged petrol engine, which is already available in other Hyundai offerings such as the Carens, Alcazar facelift, and all-new Verna. With these enhancements, it is expected that the Kia Seltos facelift will see a slight increase in prices when it launches on July 4th, 2023.
The refreshed Kia Seltos will maintain its competition with popular rivals in the market, including the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and MG Astor. Furthermore, it will encounter new contenders such as the upcoming Honda Elevate and Citroen C3 Aircross, which are set to enter the market soon.