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Kia Seltos To Launch Today: All You Need To Know (UPDATE)


The Seltos is kickstart Kia’s Indian innings and here’s what you need to know about the much anticipated SUV from the Korean carmaker

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UPDATE: Kia has launched the Seltos at Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom). 

  • The Kia Seltos is bigger than the Creta in almost all aspects.
  • Notable features include UVO connected car tech, a Bose sound system, Kia Sound Mood lighting, and more.
  • The Seltos comes with three engine and four transmission options.
  • It will be available in two trim levels - HT Line and GT Line.
  • Prices are expected to start from Rs 10 lakh and go up to Rs 17 lakh (ex-India).

The compact SUV has garnered more than 23,000 bookings within twenty days and has created hype for all the right reasons. With its launch scheduled to take place tomorrow, here are five important points you need to know about the Kia Seltos. 

Exteriors And Dimensions:

Kia has nailed the Seltos’ design. Its has an European air to it and will appeal to all tastes and age. The front-end is dominated by Kia’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille that are flanked by jewel effect LED headlamps. Those elongated DRLs makes the Seltos look mean, especially at night. In profile, elements like the tough body cladding and 17-inch wheels give it a rugged yet sporty look. A clean rear end with split LED tail lamps tops off the design. 

In terms of dimensions, the Seltos is bigger in almost all aspects when compared to its closest rival, the Hyundai Creta.

Dimensions

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta

Length 

4315mm

4270mm

Width 

1800mm

1780mm

Height 

1620mm

1665mm

Wheelbase 

2610mm

2590mm

Boot Space 

433 litres

400 litres

Interiors:

The interiors of the Seltos feature a minimalist design. It takes plenty of cues from Audis of the past, which is no bad thing. Plastic quality is very good and everything feels tightly screwed, giving it a built to last feel. Some feel good elements are the flat-bottom steering wheel, the 10.25-inch infotainment system, the coloured multi-info display and the red stitching (on the GT Line trim only). 

Features:

The Seltos comes loaded with features. Notable ones include a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, UVO connected car tech, a head-up display, an 8-speaker Bose Sound, Kia Sound Mood lighting, a sunroof, wireless phone charger, ventilated seats and powered driver seats. Apart from that, you get the usual kit found in this segment like cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, push button start, keyless entry, auto dimming IRVM, climate control and more.

Safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, electronic stability program, hill hold control and blind view monitor.

Powertrain Options:

The Kia Seltos comes with three engine and four transmission options, which is a first of a kind in its segment. Two petrol engines are on offer - a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated (NA) unit and 1.4-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol motor. Diesel variants are powered by a 1.5-litre CRDi unit. While all engines come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, each of them can be had with different automatic transmission options as well. 

Have a look at the table below to see the detailed specifications of all three engine options:

Kia Seltos

1.4-litre T-GDI

1.5-litre Petrol

1.5-litre CRDI

Power (PS)

140PS

115PS

115PS

Torque (Nm)

242Nm

144Nm

250Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed MT/7-speed DCT

6-speed MT/CVT

6-speed MT/6-speed AT

0-100kmph timing

9.7 seconds

11.8 seconds

11.5 seconds

Fuel Efficiency

16.5kmpl (AT)/ 16.1kmpl (MT)

16.8kmpl (CVT)/ 16.5kmpl (MT)

18.0kmpl (AT)/21.0kmpl (MT)

Variants, Pricing And Rivals:

The Kia Seltos will be available in two trim levels - HT Line and GT Line. The HT Line can be had with the 1.5-litre diesel and naturally aspirated petrol units. The variants of the HT Line are as follows:

  • HT E

  • HT K

  • HT K Plus

  • HT X

  • HT X Plus

On the other hand, the GT Line can be had with the 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol. Kia will also offer the diesel powertrain in the GT Line trim as certain dealers are accepting bookings for the same. Have a look at the variants of the GT Line trim below:

  • GT E

  • GT X

  • GT X Plus

The GT Line is the sportier looking of the two trim levels and comes with elements like dual-tone alloy wheels, red brake callipers and stripes. 

The Kia Seltos is expected to be priced from Rs 10 lakh and go up to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). When launched, the Seltos will rival the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the Mahindra XUV500. 

Stay tuned to ZigWheels for the launch story of the Kia Seltos.

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