The Kia Seltos 5-seater premium SUV will be launched in India in the second half of 2019
Kia Seltos 5-seater premium SUV, the first product from the Korean carmaker in India, has finally been launched. The new Seltos is available in 5 trim levels – HTE, HTK, HTX, GTK and GTX – in total of 16 variants. The new model is priced at Rs 9.69 lakh for the base model and Rs 15.99 lakh for the top-end variant (all the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). Official bookings for the vehicle were commenced from July 16, and received over 32,000 pre-orders till date. The SUV will be sold through 265 dealerships across 160 cities. The Kia Seltos, which was first previewed as the SP concept at the 2018 Auto Expo, directly compete against multiple offerings – Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks, and the lower and mid-variants of the Tata Harrier and the newly-launched MG Hector.
The first SUV from Kia is based on an all-new monocoque, front-wheel-drive platform that’s also compatible to 7-seats layout. This architecture will also be used for the new-generation Hyundai Creta. The Kia Seltos lineup is available in 6 engine-gearbox options. The engine line-up includes – 140PS, 1.4 turbo GDI petrol, a 115PS, 1.5L petrol and a 115PS, 1.5L CRDi diesel. All powertrains meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. There are four transmissions including a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque convertor automatic, a CVT automatic and a 7-speed DSG automatic.
Kia Seltos Features
– 10.25 touchscreen infotainment system
– 8-speaker Bose sound system
– 360 degree surround view camera with blind spot display (segment first)
– 8-inch Head-Up-Display (industry first)
– 7.0-inch MID
– UVO connected car system
– LED mood lighting with sound effects
– Adaptive cruise control
– Drive mode selector
– Ventilated seats (segment first)
– Air purifier (segment first)
– Wireless charging
– Power sunroof
– 8-way adjustable driver’s seat
– Cruise control
– Multiple airbags
– ABS with EBD
– Vehicle stability management
– Hill start assist
– Electronic stability control
– Traction control
– Front parking sensors
– Tyre pressure monitoring system
– Multiple engine and gearbox options
Kia Seltos Price in India
|HTE 1.5L Petrol||Rs 9.69 lakh|
|HTK 1.5L Petrol||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|HTK+ 1.5L Petrol||Rs 11.19 lakh|
|HTX 1.5L Petrol||Rs 12.79 lakh|
|HTX AT 1.5L Petrol||Rs 13.79 lakh|
|HTE 1.5L Diesel||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|HTK 1.5L Diesel||Rs 11.19 lakh|
|HTK+ 1.5L Diesel||Rs 12.19 lakh|
|HTK+ AT 1.5L Diesel||Rs 13.19 lakh|
|HTX 1.5L Diesel||Rs 13.79 lakh|
|HTX+ 1.5L Diesel||Rs 14.99 lakh|
|HTX+ AT 1.5L Diesel||Rs 15.99 lakh|
|GTK 1.4L Petrol||Rs 13.49 lakh|
|GTX 1.4L Petrol||Rs 14.99 lakh|
|GTX AT 1.4L Petrol||Rs 15.99 lakh|
|GTX+ 1.4L Petrol||Rs 15.99 lakh|
Kia’s first SUV for India is available in two trims – Tech Line and GT Line – spread across five variants – E, K, K+, X and X+ and in total of 16 variants (petrol and diesel) with 6 engine-gearbox combinations. The Tech Line petrol range starts at Rs 9.69 lakh and goes up to Rs 13.79 lakh, while the diesel model is priced between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 15.99 lakh. The GT Line is available at a price tag of Rs 13.49 lakh for the base variant and Rs 15.99 lakh for the top-end model. All the prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
Kia Seltos Specifications
|Petrol Engine||1.4L turbo GDI Turbo|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||9.7 seconds|
|Transmission||6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT|
|Petrol Engine||1.5L Smartstream|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||11.8 seconds|
|Diesel Engine||1.5L VGT|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||11.5 seconds|
|Transmission||6-speed MT, 6-speed torque converter AT|
The Kia Seltos 5-seater premium SUV is available with three BS6 compliant engines – a 1.5-litre Smartstream petrol, a 1.4-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel. The naturally-aspirated 1.5L gasoline unit pushes out a peak power of 113bhp with 144Nm of torque. It can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or an IVT (Intelligent continuously variable transmission) automatic gearbox. It accelerates 0 to 100kmph in 11.8 seconds.
The performance-oriented 1.4-litre GDI turbocharged petrol engine churns out a maximum power output of 138bhp and a peak torque of 242Nm. With this powertrain, you get a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission options. It can do 0-100kmph sprints in 9.7 seconds. The 1.4L GDI gasoline motor is exclusively offered on the GT Line.
The new 1.5L VGT diesel engine, on the other hand, delivers a peak power of 113bhp against 250Nm of torque. The oil burner comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. It takes 11.5 seconds to achieve 100kmph from standstill. The Seltos also offers three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport – along with three traction modes – Mud, Snow/Wet and Sand.
Kia Seltos Mileage
|1.4L Petrol||16.1kmpl (MT), 16.2kmpl (DCT)|
|1.5L Petrol||16.4kmpl (MT), 16.3kmpl (AT)|
|1.5L Diesel||20.8kmpl (MT),17.8kmpl (AT)|
Mileage figures of Seltos’s all three powertrains are quite impressive. Its 1.4L GDI turbo petrol motor delivers a mileage of 16.1kmpl with manual gearbox and a 16.2kmpl with DCT automatic transmission. The 1.5L petrol manual and automatic variants return 16.4kmpl and 16.3kmpl respectively. The 1.5L VGT diesel promises fuel economy of 17.8kmpl (AT) and 20.8kmpl (MT).
Kia Seltos Design
The Kia Seltos, which is the production version of the Kia SP concept, retains most of its design and styling bits. Upfront, the SUV features a signature Tiger Nose radiator grille, flanked by sharper LED headlamps with a 3D light graphic and a diamond pattern at their tailing edges. It gets vertically stacked compact LED fog lamps, sporty bumper and a skid plate. At the back, the Kia Seltos gets sleek LED tail lamps, a chunky bumper with a metallic muffler effect and a faux skid plate lower on the bumper. There is a chrome-finished window lines that rise sharply towards the rear. Unlike the concept that featured 19-inch alloy wheels, the production-ready Kia Seltos receives 16-inch and 17-inch crystal cut alloy wheels wrapped in 205/65-section and 215/60 section tyres respectively.
Kia’s all-new compact SUV – Seltos measures 4315mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1620mm in height with a wheelbase of 2610mm. This makes it 45mm longer and 20mm wider than the Creta. In fact, its wheelbase is slightly longer (20mm). It offers a boot space of 433L.
The Kia Seltos is offered in a choice of 8 monotone colour schemes – Steel Silver, Clear White, Gravity Grey, Glacier White Pearl, Punchy Orange, Intense Red, Aurora Black Pearl and Intelligency Blue. There will also be multiple dual-tone colour schemes including Glacier White/Black, Silver/Black, Glacier White/Orange and Red/Black.
Kia Seltos Interior
The Kia Seltos has 5-seats layout with premium fit and finish. The dashboard design looks clean with minimal buttons. It has a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel. While the Tech Line trim gets a dual-tone interior with light beige and black seat upholstery, the GT-Line features all-black interior with black seat upholstery and contrast red stitching. The SUV comes with ambient mood lighting with first-of-its-kind LED sound mood lights in 8 mono colour themes and 6 multicolour themes. Its rear seats have 2 step degree reclining function with 60:40 split and adjustable centre headrest.
The SUV offers several first-in-segment features; however, its major attraction is a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with advanced 7.0-inch colour display for the instrument cluster. The latter offers read-out for drive information, tyre pressure monitor, rear park assist warning, driving mode and turn by turn navigation. The infotainment unit supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB functions. A Bose sound system with 8-speaker solves the entertainment purpose; though, it missed out on lower variants.
The Seltos is the first car in its segment to offer an 8.0-inch Heads-Up-Display (HUD) offering navigation information, read-out for speed, speed limit and cruise control. It also comes with industry-first Smart Pure Air purifier with Hepa filter. The AC unit of the SUV has faster cooling and airflow with Eco coating that prevents microorganism growth and reduces AC odour. Kia Seltos is a connected car, thanks to its UVO connected car system that comes with three years free subscription. It offers 37 features under 5 categories – Navigation, Safety & Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience.
Kia Seltos Safety Features
Kia uses 73% advanced high strength steel for Seltos’ construction and the hot stamping for manufacturing its components (first-in-segment). Safety features such as 6 airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchor, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), Hill start assist, traction control and brake force assist system are on offer. Though, the list of features varies variant-wise. A 360 degree camera with blind spot view monitor is another first-in-segment feature. It also gets front and rear parking sensors, rear view monitor, rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps.
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