Kia Motors has finally launched Seltos in India for a starting price of Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which is lower than that of entry-level Hyundai Creta. Kia Seltos has been one of the most eagerly awaited vehicles of 2019 and its popularity can be determined from the fact that within three weeks of the commencement of bookings on July 16 for a token amount of Rs 25,000, 23,311 units of the vehicle were booked. The carmaker has announced that it has garnered 32,035 bookings overall for Seltos. The deliveries of the compact SUV will commence from today.
Kia Seltos features three engines. There is a 1.5-litre petrol motor making 115 PS and 144 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre VGT diesel mill churns out 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol powertrain delivers 140 PS and 242 Nm of torque. There is a standard 6-speed manual gearbox provided with the three engines. The automatic options include IVT in 1.5-litre petrol, 6-speed AT in 1.5-litre VGT diesel and 7-speed DCT in 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol. You can check all the performance related details in our First Drive Review of Kia Seltos.
The compact SUV is available in a couple of trims -- Tech Line and GT Line. The Tech Line gets 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre VGT diesel mill options and is further subdivided into five variants -- HT E, HT K, HT K Plus, HT X and HT X Plus. The GT Line comes with 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol engine and has three variants - GT K, GT X and GT X Plus. Below is the detailed list of their prices (ex-showroom, India).
-- Seltos HT E 1.5 Petrol MT - Rs 9.69 lakh
-- Seltos HT E 1.5 Diesel MT - Rs 9.99 lakh
-- Seltos HT K 1.5 Petrol MT - Rs 9.99 lakh
-- Seltos HT K 1.5 Diesel MT - Rs 11.19 lakh
-- Seltos HT K Plus 1.5 Petrol MT - Rs 11.19 lakh
-- Seltos HT K Plus 1.5 Diesel MT - Rs 12.19 lakh
-- Seltos HT K Plus 1.5 Diesel 6AT - Rs 13.19 lakh
-- Seltos HT X 1.5 Petrol MT - Rs 12.79 lakh
-- Seltos HT X 1.5 Petrol IVT - Rs 13.79 lakh
-- Seltos HT X 1.5 Diesel MT - Rs 13.79 lakh
-- Seltos HT X Plus 1.5 Diesel MT - Rs 14.99 lakh
-- Seltos HT X Plus 1.5 Diesel 6AT - Rs 15.99 lakh
-- Seltos GT K 1.4 Turbo petrol MT - Rs 13.49 lakh
-- Seltos GT X 1.4 Turbo petrol MT - Rs 14.99 lakh
-- Seltos GT X 1.4 Turbo petrol 7DCT - Rs 15.99 lakh
-- Seltos GT X Plus 1.4 Turbo petrol MT - Rs 15.99 lakh
Kia Seltos gets features like tiger-nose front grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED taillights, dual exhaust pipes, 10.25-inch touchscreen AVN system with an 8-speaker Bose sound system, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 8-inch HUD (Heads Up Display), blind-spot view monitor, cruise control, push-button start/stop and eco coating. Seltos makes use of UVO Connect system, its connectivity technology with 37 smart features.
The new compact SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Mahindra XUV500. Kia Seltos is available in eight monotone color options -- Intense Red, Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier White Pearl, Punchy Orange, Intelligency Blue, Gravity Grey, Steel Silver and Clear White. There are five dualtone colour options -- Intense Red with Aurora Black Pearl, Steel Silver with Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier White Pearl with Aurora Black Pearl, Steel Silver with punchy Orange and Glacier White Pearl with Punchy Orange.
Kia Seltos's structure is made of Advance High-Strength Steel (AHSS). It gets six airbags and a disc on each of the four wheels. Other safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).