Kia Motors have started working on the facelift of the Seltos. The mid-size SUV has not received any substantial cosmetic upgrade since it was first launched in 2019. Kia has only added some new paint schemes and special editions. The Seltos’s facelifted version has been spotted in South Korea and it is expected to come to India sometime next year.
The vehicle is still heavily camouflaged so we cannot see much. It seems like there will be a new grille in the front. The variant that was spotted was not the top-end variant because it is equipped with projector headlamps. The top-end variant comes with LED headlamps. So, there will be a new headlamp design and new LED Daytime Running Lamps. It looks like ice cube-shaped LED fog lamps would be carried over from the current Seltos. There will also be a revised front bumper.
On the sides, we can see alloy wheels. They measure 18-inches in size and are diamond-cut units with Kia badging. Interestingly, the previous test mule of Seltos Facelift that was spotted was running on a different set of alloy wheels that were not diamond-cut.
The test mule was finished in silver colour with LED turn indicators mounted on the outside rearview mirrors. At the rear, we can see there are new tail lamps. They will be LED units and it looks like they now have a split design so some part of the tail lamp is also positioned on the tailgate. The taillights might take some inspiration from the recently unveiled Kia Carens MPV. Kia will also update the rear bumper of the Seltos.
There will not be any heavy update to the interior of the upcoming Seltos. There might be some new materials for the dashboard and slightly updated upholstery. Kia has already loaded the Seltos with many features. They might add some features like a digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof etc.
Kia Seltos comes with features like an 8-inch heads-up display, 360-degree parking camera, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, voice commands, smart key, push-button to start/stop engine, keyless entry, rear parking camera, Driver Rear View Monitor, wireless charger, cruise control and multi-information display. You also get rear door sunshades, electric sunroof, powered driver seat, front and rear parking sensors, ambient mood lighting, automatic headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, electrochromic rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and much more.
There is also a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It comes connected to a premium speaker system from Bose. There is also UVO connected car technology,
The Seltos goes against Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, MG Astor, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun.
Kia Seltos starts from Rs. 9.95 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 18.10 lakhs ex-showroom. Once the facelift launches, the prices of Seltos are expected to increase.
No mechanical changes
Kia will not make any mechanical changes to the Seltos. It will continue to be offered with three engine options. There will be a naturally aspirated petrol engine, a diesel engine and a turbocharged petrol engine. All the engines comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. There is some kind of automatic transmission available with all engines. Moreover, the naturally aspirated petrol engine also gets an option of a 6-speed iMT.