Kia officially started taking bookings for its upcoming Hyundai Creta rival yesterday. Called the Seltos, the compact SUV will be launched on the 22nd of August 2019, which makes it abut a month away from now. One of the key areas that Kia seems to have nailed with the Seltos is its exterior body design. The car looks quite aggressive but the overall look does not seem to be overdone. The full LED headlamps and stylish 17-inch alloys further help the case and so does the imposing stance this compact SUV possesses. Now, Shreyas Sreedhar has created a render that gives us an idea about how the Kia Seltos might look like with its roof chopped off, or better to say in its convertible form.
Now the concept of a convertible applied on an SUV is something that many may find hard to digest but to let you know, it is nothing new at all. There have been several convertible SUVs around the world and while most of them were nothing to write home about, a few like the Evoque convertible actually tuned out to be quite decent.
The same has been done to the Seltos here as the compact SUV dons the new topless style effortlessly. The rims on this convertible Seltos have been blacked out and a few minor changes have been made here and there in order to give the car a more sporty look.
The digital illustrator has applied different paint shades to the same render so that people get a good idea about the SUV in its drop-top form. The stock Seltos comes with an electric sunroof on higher-end variants but that gets nowhere close to the feeling of air in the hair which a convertible offers.
Apart from the sunroof, the Seltos will also sport several other features including a 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity with UVO connected car features, flat bottomed steering wheel, ambient lighting, Bose sound system, driving modes, leather seats, ventilated and power-adjustable driver’s seat, air purifier, a 360 degree camera, automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control among others. Several of these features are first in class which is something that will attract buyers to Kia showroom quickly.
Powering the Seltos will be a set of three different BSVI engine options of which two are petrol and one is diesel. The petrol engines on the Kia Seltos include a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated and 1.4-litre turbocharged units. The 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol churns out 113 Bhp-144 Nm and gets a 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine puts out 138 Bhp-242 Nm and transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine will be a 1.5 litre, turbocharged unit with 113 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine will be paired with 5-speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox.