The pre-bookings for the soon-to-be-launched Kia Seltos compact SUV will commence in India from the second week of July 2019. Slated to be launched sometime in August, the all-new Kia Seltos made its global debut in India this week and upon launch, it will go up against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, and possibly even the MG Hector. The Kia Seltos will be available in two distinct design lines - Tech Line and GT Line, and is likely to be offered in multiple variants in order to have a competitive starting price, while the top-end model, with all the bells and whistles, will come with a premium price tag. We expect the SUV to be priced between ₹ 10 lakh and ₹ 17 lakh (ex-showroom).
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The upcoming Kia Seltos will also be BS6 compliant from the day of the launch, and will be offered in two engine options - a 1.4 litre Turbo GDI petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. While the specifications are yet to be announced, Kia will be offering four different transmission options with the Seltos. While the 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, the petrol models will get the option of a CVT unit a 7-speed Dual clutch transmission (DCT) for the petrol models, and the diesel version will come with a 6 Speed Torque Convertor Automatic as optional.
Visually, the SUV looks sharp and well-equipped and largely remains identical to the SP2i concept. Up front, you have a bold Tiger Nose grille with chrome surrounds, flanked by inverter L-shaped LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The SUV also gets a muscular bumper with another set of LED DRLs with chrome bezels, a wide central airdam, and silver skid plate. At the rear, it comes with pair of sharp-looking LED taillamps, with a sculpted tailgate with bold character lines and a beefy rear bumper with brushed silver styling element and a large diffuser. The top-end model also gets a set of new diamond cut alloy wheels, with the shark-fin antenna and silver roof rails.
Like the Hyundai Venue, the Seltos will also come with connected technology, which Kia calls UVO. The system can be accessed via a segment-first 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. Other features include an 8-speaker sound system by Bose and an air purifier which has been placed between the front two seats and provides for an AC vent for rear seat passengers. There's a 360 degree surround camera added to the segment first list as well which provides for better visibility. With UVO, you can use your phone to operate the car's ignition, AC controls and more. There's also a sound mood lamp, rear sunshade curtain and a 7-inch colour TFT unit for the instrument console.
he Kia Seltos also comes with a full range of active, passive, health safety, security and maintenance features. This includes 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, HAC, VSM and is built using advanced high strength steel (AHSS). Additionally it gets front and rear parking sensors, blind view monitor, rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps. The UVO technology can be summoned via a dedicated button on the IRVM. The IRVM also has dedicated roadside assistance and SOS button that alert the dedicated call centre- in case of an emergency.