Until today it was anticipated that the South Korean automotive giant Kia Motors is gearing up to unveil the India-spec Seltos facelift next month in July. However with the new report it has now been confirmed that the company will launching the new Seltos Facelift on July 4, 2023. The highly anticipated updated SUV is expected to hit the Indian market by the end of the following month. The Seltos facelift made its global debut in June of the previous year, and now it’s finally making its way to India with similar updates.
One of the prominent changes in the facelifted Seltos is its redesigned front fascia, featuring a reworked grille and LED headlamps. Ahead of its official launch in India, recently a test mule of the Kia Seltos facelift was spotted undisguised on a public road near the company’s production facility in Andhra Pradesh. The sighting provided a clear glimpse of the key changes brought to the facelifted model.
Notably, the front fascia of the updated Seltos features a larger bumper, revised grille, and updated headlamp setup. The grille exhibits a more muscular appearance, while the redesigned headlamps now extend into the grille, accompanied by new daytime running LEDs. Additionally, the facelifted version includes more body cladding and body-colored inserts around the fog lamps, possibly indicating the inclusion of ADAS.
The side profile of the Seltos remains largely unchanged, except for the redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels resembling those found in the X-Line version of the current model. At the rear, body-colored inserts surround the reverse lamps integrated into the bumper, distinguishing it from the international-spec facelift. The presence of two exhaust tips adds a sporty touch, although their functionality remains uncertain.
Stepping inside the cabin, the Kia Seltos facelift boasts a significant overhaul. The SUV will boast a rectangular cockpit layout and features twin screens for the instrument console and touchscreen infotainment system. The cabin also showcases slimmer AC vents positioned below the infotainment screen and new controls for the automatic climate control. In terms of features, the updated Seltos will introduce a panoramic sunroof and ADAS, in addition to standard safety features like six airbags, vehicle stability management, and hill assist.
The powertrain options in the facelifted Seltos will most likely include the existing 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine and the 1.5-liter diesel engine, both delivering 115 PS. However, the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, which was discontinued ahead of the BS6 phase-II emission norms deadline, will be replaced by the 1.5-liter 160 PS turbocharged petrol engine from the Carens model. The SUV will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox as the standard transmission option for all three engine choices. Optional transmissions include a CVT for the petrol engine, a 6-speed torque converter for the diesel engine, and a 7-speed DCT for the turbocharged petrol engine.
Once launched, the updated Kia Seltos will face tough competition in the Indian market. Rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and MG Astor will continue to be strong contenders. Additionally, the soon-to-be-launched Honda Elevate and Citroen C3 Aircross will present fresh competition in the compact SUV segment.