A new image that is doing rounds on the internet could have just revealed what the much awaited 2022 Kia Seltos facelift looks like. Here are the full launch details
The Kia Seltos went on sale back in 2019 and since its launch, it has been a go-to compact SUV for many. While there’s no denying the popularity of this SUV, it’s certainly been out of limelight due to the great popularity of the Hyundai Creta. It’s also been due for a facelift and several spy shots later, it looks like we can finally get a glimpse of what the 2022 Kia Seltos would look like.
2022 Kia Seltos Expected Changes
Although the image you see above might or might not be the actual official image of the Seltos facelift, it surely gives us an idea of what the updated model would look like with an updated façade. Spy shots that have been seen so far have already revealed that the car will come with a new front-end that will be courtesy a new bumper as well new grille with headlights. In the side profile, however, the car could be left untouched with even its alloy wheels being retained. The rear-end should get a new bumper and tweaked taillamps.
While there not much information on the updates planned for the interior, we expect Kia to equip the Seltos facelift with many advanced bits like and all-digital instrument console, and, more importantly, Level-1 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This will be important to stop the potential buyers from deviating towards the Mahindra XUV700. Other than these updates, the updated model could get a panoramic sunroof. The safety features of the current car will be carried over, which means the C-SUV will be equipped with six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), and hill-assist control (HAC).
The engine and transmission options are also expected to be carried over from the current car. This means buyers will be able to choose between a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor. The 1.5-litre motors output 115PS each, while the turbo-petrol engine belts out 140PS. 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.
We expect the new SUV to be launched around May this year. It could command a slight premium over the current model, which, at present, retails in a price range of Rs 9.95 lakh to Rs 18.1 lakh (ex-showroom). Other than rivalling the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV700, it will even compete with Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and MG Astor.