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Kia has revealed that pre-bookings for the long-awaited Seltos SUV has already crossed the 6,000 unit mark within a day of opening the order the books. The compact SUV from Kia is set to go on sale on August 22.
The Kia Seltos will be available in two trim options: HT Line and GT Line. The GT Line follows a sporty approach with red bits and dedicated GT Line badging. The GT Line also follows a similar theme on the inside with red stitching, aluminium pedals and a different seat upholstery. Both the trim lines, contrary to what was speculated, will come with dual-tone interiors.
The SUV comes with an impressive design and a plethora of engine-transmission options, tand it also does look the part of a premium compact SUV. The Seltos will come with three engines. It will be powered by a set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines along with a 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol motor. The 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine will make around 115PS of power while the 1.4-litre Turbo GDI motor will push out 140PS/242Nm of torque. The SUV will come with the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox, CVT, a 6-speed torque converter as well as a first-in-segment 7-speed DCT,.
The Seltos will come loaded with premium features like a 10.25-inch infotainment system, an 8-inch HUD, reclining rear seats, automatic climate control and an 8-speaker Bose sound system. It also gets an air purifier, ventilated seats and a plethora of connected tech just like the Hyundai Venue.
When launched, expect it to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). The Kia Seltos will take on the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the Nissan Kicks in India.
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Kia Seltos Highlights
Kia is keeping its cards close to its chest. There’s no confirmation on the detailed engine specs, but Kia has said that it will launch the Seltos in India with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol mill, along with a pair of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, which will all be BS6 compliant. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual. It will also come with a plethora of transmission options as well. These include a 6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT, 6-speed Torque Converter and a CVT.
Exterior and Interior
The Kia Seltos is easily one of the best looking SUVs in the compact SUV segment. Based on the SP COncept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, it retains the same upright stance and sits high off the ground as well. We don’t have official dimensions, but we could see that the Seltos is slightly larger than the Hyundai Creta. There are some interesting elements here too, including a clamshell bonnet and 17-inch alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey. Features such as LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps and LED headlamps are also on offer. It also gets a sunroof. A rugged looking skid plate, coupled with the LED fog lamps also adds to the character of the SUV. Kia is offering the Seltos in eight single colour schemes apart from five dual-tone paint options as well.
We haven’t got a detailed look at the Seltos’ interior yet, but we have had a small glimpse and we are impressed. For starters, the SUV will feature a free-standing 10.25-inch touchscreen, just like we’ve seen in the Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier. Being a premium offering, it comes with an impressive list of features like head-up display, 360-degree camera with blind view monitor, sound mood lighting, ventilated seats, powered driver’s seat, front and rear parking sensors, sunroof, air purifier, automatic climate control and more. It will also get connected techsimilar to that of the BlueLink in the Hyundai Venue. Dubbed the UVO connect, it offers a plethora of connected features with highlights including AI voice command, stolen vehicle tracking, auto collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, remote engine start and stop, and others. On the safety front, it gets 6 airbags and ABS with EBD to be offered as standard across the range. The Seltos features rear disc brakes as well, but these are not standard.
Renault Duster: The car that started it all, the Renault Duster is the only modern crossover in the segment to feature an AWD system. Its butch design, adequate space, CVT transmission (petrol), AMT (diesel) and all-weather ability help it score a lot of brownie points in the segment. Interior quality and limited service network make it less appealing.
Honda BR-V: Honda's offering in the segment is essentially a jacked up Mobilio with some mechanical changes to compensate for the raised stance. It is one of the only crossovers here which can seat seven people.
Nissan Terrano: The Duster's better-looking cousin (for some), the Terrano suffers from being too overpriced for its own good. It does get a diesel AMT variant which is a good option for those looking for a convenient urban SUV.
Hyundai Creta: The Hyundai Creta might be a vanilla package but that doesn’t stop it from being a potent one. It’s got the mix of looks, features and drivability, ensuring that thousands of prospective owners throng Hyundai’s showrooms every month. The waiting periods can get annoying though, so be warned!
Renault Captur: The Captur brings some style to a segment of boxy SUVs. If you want to stand out in the crowd or while munching highway miles, the big Renault is worth a dekko!
Tata Harrier: We don’t see any major deal breakers with the Harrier. It’s loaded, spacious, drives well and is built like a tank. Tata’s best yet? Without a doubt.
Jeep Compass: It’s a Jeep thing, they say. And if you’ve always wanted one, the Compass is a great one to begin with. It’s rock-solid, built to munch miles and ready to get down and dirty. If you can live with the slightly small cabin, it’s a very capable SUV to have in your garage!
If you’re looking at buying an SUV in the Rs 10 lakh - 15 lakh bracket, we’d strongly suggest you hold on to that cheque. Kia’s SUV looks super promising, and it might just be worth the wait.
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The SUV can be booked through Kia’s website or 206 nationwide sales pointsJul 15, 2019 | By Team ZigWheels
Slated for launch on August 22, the Seltos UVO Connect system will come with as many as 37 featuresJul 15, 2019 | By Team ZigWheels