One of the most popular and high-selling midsize SUVs in India, the Kia Seltos is all set to receive facelifted version sometime early next year. Launched first in India, the Kia Seltos will be receiving a facelift in India after almost four years of its existence. However, the facelifted Seltos has already launched in some of the markets overseas, including its home market in South Korea. Here’s a YouTube video from CarSceneKorea, which explains all the visual differences between the current version of the Seltos and the new upcoming facelifted version.
At the front, the Kia Seltos facelift gets a bolder front fascia, comprising a bigger and more aggressive-looking grille and a larger lower air dam with a bigger scuff plate. While the housings for the headlamps are the same, the new Seltos gets revised arrangements for the all-LED lights inside. The LED headlights and turn indicators are new, and so are the daytime running LEDs which stretch towards the central parts of the grille. Even the vertical LED fog lamps are new.
The side profile of the facelifted Kia Seltos receives negligible changes over the current model, though it now gets a new design for the machined alloy wheels. The outside rearview mirrors also get cameras on them, confirming that the new Seltos will get a surround view camera. At the back, the new Seltos gets a completely redesigned boot lid with all-new LED tail lamps, in which the LED light bar is spread across the width of the boot lid, much like in the new Volkswagen Taigun and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. The lower rear bumper has also been redesigned with new mouldings and a scuff plate, making the rear profile of the Seltos look more muscular. The reverse lights now have moved down on the rear bumper.
The cabin of the new Kia Seltos also looks much newer than the current version, with an all-new horizontally-laid full-TFT driver’s cockpit, much like in the Mahindra XUV700. The centre console also has been revised, with the buttons for the audio system now moving a bit downwards. The lower centre console also has been changed extensively, with the Kia Seltos now getting a rotary dial gear lever, which might be introduced for the automatic versions here in India as well. While the new Seltos continues with the same steering wheel, head-up display and single-pane sunroof, it now gets a powered tailgate.
The Indian version, which is touted to make its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2023, is likely to be the same model with negligible changes. As for powertrains, the India-spec Kia Seltos will retain the current lineup of engines, including a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel.