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Upcoming Hyundai Creta-challenging KIA Seltos looks BUTCH in an off-road avatar [Video]

Kia will launch its much-awaited Seltos compact SUV on the 22nd of August which makes it about a month and a half away from now. The debut vehicle for Kia in India has already garnered a pretty decent fan following in India owing to its stylish yet butch looks, multiple engine-gearbox options and cutting edge interiors. While Kia will offer various trims levels along with a multitude of engine-gearbox options on the Seltos, it is not yet known if the Korean manufacturer will also bring the 4WD version of the SUV at the time of the launch or will save it for a later date. Meanwhile, Shoeb Kalania of SRK Designs fame has created a new render that showcases the Kia Seltos in a wild, off-road guise. Take a look at the video below if you are interested in how this digital illustration was created.

The one thing we all are sure about when talking of the Seltos is that this SUV is one cracker of a looker. Kia certainly hasn’t been fooling around all this time and has designed the vehicle quite well, along with giving it the hardware to match its looks. This off-road version build further enhances the butch side of the SUV and it looks pretty damn great for sure. The Seltos here has not been modified extensively but several of its components have been replaced with beefieer alternatives while a lot of parts have been added as well.

Kia Seltos Off Road 2

First up, the whole car has been given a new camo paint job which instantly sets it apart from regular SUVs. The lower bumper has been modified a bit and now gets a redesigned chin. The roof gets four LED auxiliary lights for added illumination power which is often required when handling the rough terrain. Another noteworthy change made on this off-road spec Seltos is its butch tires along with new blacked out rims. The lower side body also gets black cladding to tough to that tough overall look.

While a 4WD version of the Seltos was spied testing sometime back (had 4WD badges on), Kia hasn’t cleared the air on if it will also be launched on the 22nd of August. It looks just like the regular Seltos on the outside with the major difference being its drivetrain. This 4WD version will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out 140 Bhp of power along with 244 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and also gets a 7-speed twin clutch automatic variant. As for the price of the upcoming Seltos, it is expected to be positioned around the Rs. 12-18 lakh price mark.