Kia Seltos has become one of the most-awaited cars in the Indian market. Kia has officially showcased the upcoming car in India and has also started releasing Television Commercials for the vehicle featuring the brand ambassador – Tiger Shroff. Kia will launch the vehicle on 22nd August and the manufacturer has already started taking the bookings for the upcoming car and the response has been massive. On the first day of the bookings, Kia revealed that they have received more than 6,000 bookings, which broke a lot of records in India.
Nonetheless, Kia will start the production of the Seltos on 31st July. This production before the launch will allow the manufacturer to store the inventory and clear the backlog bookings that have been building up because of the pre-bookings. Currently, Kia has started dispatching the vehicles to various dealerships in India for display purposes. However, these cars are prototype versions and are not the production version.
Kia Motors will operate from the Anantpur factory and the work begun there last year when Kia. Later the manufacturer also did a trial production earlier this year. It should be noted that the Kia Seltos was expected to be launched by the end of this year. However, the launch has been preponed. It will be a global car and will be sold in various markets around the world. Kia will also use the facility to export the Seltos to many other countries. From India, the Seltos will be sent to markets like the Middle East, Asian countries and Latin America. However, the exact countries which will receive the Indian-made Seltos are not known yet. The facility is spread across 23 million square feet and was made with an investment of more than Rs 7,600 crores. The plant can push out 3,00,000 units when it is completely up and running. Kia plans to do that in in the next three years.
The prototype vehicles that are sent to the dealerships across India will not be the test drive vehicles. For that, Kia will dispatch more units in early August that will be allotted for the test driving purposes. There is a lot of demand and interesting around the Seltos and it is expected to get a huge response from the market.
The Seltos is based on an all-new platform, which will also underpin the upcoming Hyundai Creta in the Indian market. The all-new Seltos gets a range of segment-first features like HUD, air purifier, blind-sport monitoring system, connected ambient light, ventilated seats and connected infotainment system. There are more features like full-LED headlamps, Bose speakers, front parking sensors, sunroof, six-airbags which makes the Seltos quite loaded.
Kia will offer a total of three engine options and four transmission options with the Seltos in the Indian market. There will be a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine available with a CVT automatic, a 1.5-litre diesel available with a torque converter automatic and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol available with a 7-speed DCT. All the engine options also get a 6-speed manual as standard.