Although the Kia Seltos is selling 10,000 units each month, modified versions have been few and far in between. Many owners may be wary of modifying their Seltos SUVs in the fear of losing warranty, and since Kia Motors is a new entrant in the Indian market, these fears may be expressing themselves a little more than they should. Exceptions always exist, like this Kia Seltos owner from Kerala, who has tastefully modified his wine-red coloured SUV to look very classy indeed. The modification has been carried out by Perfamana, a car customization outfit from Calicut, Kerala.
The list of modifications runs thus: 19 inch TSW Chicane wheels, Bodex artificial leather seats in a diamond cut with a black combination, Chrome delete, complete roof painted to glossy black, roof rails painted glossy black, front grill painted black, full option model’s tail lamps, front and rear lip repainted with body colour and grey combination, select portions of the front and rear bumpers painted glossy black and F1 number plates.
From the images, it’s clear that the Seltos in question is not a top-end model. What’s also unknown is the variant and engine-gearbox details of this particular modified Seltos.
The Kia Seltos sold in India is offered with three engines, and multiple gearbox combinations. All engines are Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. The entry-level engine is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder unit with 114 Bhp-142 Nm. It gets 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. The CVT automatic gearbox makes this trim of the Seltos a great option for those who want a compact SUV for smooth and sedate driving primarily on city roads.
The diesel engine offered with the Seltos is a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit with 115 Bhp-250 Nm outputs. 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes are on offer. The diesel engined Seltos offers punchy performance and great fuel efficiency. Both the manual and automatic variants offer very high refinement levels.
The top-end petrol engine offered with the Seltos is a 1.4 liter turbocharged unit that makes 138 Bhp-242 Nm. This engine is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard while higher trims get a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. The Seltos with the twin clutch automatic gearbox is a natural choice for driving enthusiasts. The Seltos even has a sport mode that weighs up the steering very nicely, making it a lot more fun to drive. The suspension of this compact SUV is stiff enough for enthusiastic driving. Prices of the Kia Seltos start from Rs. 9.69 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.