The Seltos contributed to the unprecedented growth of Kia in India after its launch back in 2019 but a proper facelift took a long time coming.
The 2022 Kia Seltos facelift is slated for launch in India soon as it makes its debut in the international markets. The mid-size SUV attracts a ton of new customers due to its striking bold looks, feature-laden cabin and a variety of powertrain options to choose from. But its cousin, the Hyundai Creta is also preparing the launch of the facelift and hence, the Seltos, being even older than the Creta, must do so too in order to compete against the newer products like the VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and MG Astor.
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2022 Kia Seltos Launch Soon?
For the international market, the new Seltos features some design modifications including a more detailed LED headlamp cluster, a broader Tiger-nose grille with plenty of chrome embellishments, a wide chrome strip on the grille integrated into the headlight, a more prominent and wide silver skid plate, vertically positioned LED fog lamps, redesigned front bumper and two hooves on the bonnet. On the sides, the side-body skirting is black with massive wheel arches, stylish new alloy wheels and a rising window line with a chrome belt running underneath.
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There are functional roof rails, a shark fin antenna and a roof-integrated spoiler at the rear, the main highlight of the rear profile lies in the sleek LED light slap running across the width of the boot lid connecting the LED taillamps on either side. The bumper features a sporty outlook while the massive skid plate accentuates its SUV traits. While this may not be the exact model that makes it to our shores, it certainly gives an idea of what to expect.
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Since it will be a facelift, there are unlikely to be any changes to the powertrain options. This means that it could come with 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor. The 1.5-litre motors output 115 PS each, while the turbo-petrol engine belts out 140 PS. Also, all the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. However, the base petrol engine is optionally available with a CVT, while the diesel and turbo-petrol motors are on offer with a 6-speed torque-converter and 7-speed DCT option, respectively. The updated Seltos could be priced between Rs 11 lakh to Rs 19 lakh, ex-showroom.