Kia Seltos has been in the Indian market for two years and it has been a hit for the manufacturer. It was the best selling mid-size SUV before Hyundai introduced the Creta last year. So, to gain back the sales, Kia Motors is working on an update for the Seltos. It is not yet known what all changes will the update bring but one thing that is most likely to happen is that Kia will now be offering a panoramic sunroof with the Seltos. The launch of the new Seltos is most likely to happen sometime in April.
Currently, the Seltos comes with an electric sunroof whereas all of its other competitors now offer a panoramic sunroof. Introducing a panoramic sunroof to the Seltos will attract more people as Seltos might be losing its potential buyers to other cars due to a missing panoramic sunroof. In-country like ours, sunroof is considered to be a premium feature and a panoramic sunroof is a cherry on top. Sunroof help in opening up a sense of airiness in the cabin as it lets in a lot of light to the cabin. The Seltos currently competes with the Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Skoda Kushaq and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. Kia Seltos currently starts at Rs. 9.89 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 17.45 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Seltos shares its underpinnings with the Creta. So, there is the same engine option available as the Creta. You get a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.4-litre, turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine. The 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 115 PS of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an IVT automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Then there is the highlight of the Seltos, the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 140 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 242 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic gearbox. There are also different traction and drive modes that Kia offers. There are three drive modes, namely Eco, Normal and Sports. The traction modes are called Sand, Mud and Wet.
There are loads of equipment on offer. It comes with front ventilated seats, multi-information display, air purifier, ambient lighting, an 8-inch heads-up display, wireless charger, cruise control, push-button to start/stop, keyless entry, smart key with remote engine start, LED headlamps with LED tail lamps, LED fog lamps that are ice cube-shaped, 360-degree parking camera, rear sunshade curtains etc. It also gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and it is connected to a Bose speaker system. You also get UVO connected car technology. There is also quite a bit of safety equipment. It gets front and rear parking sensors, up to 6 airbags, high strength steel construction, hill start assist, blind view monitor, stability control, traction control and tyre pressure monitoring system.