Kia has debuted the much-awaited Seltos mid-size SUV with a few upgrades to keep it fresh in the face of stiff competition in this competitive segment.
The facelift Kia Seltos has just had its world premiere in India and we compare it with the old model to highlight the changes. This includes expected prices, specs and features. Seltos is the torchbearer for the Korean auto giant when it comes to its unprecedented success in the Indian market. Hence, it is crucial that it is kept fresh so that it continues to rake in huge volumes for the brand. Note that this facelift model has already been launched in many international markets a while ago. But the Indian customers will also now get to experience it. The bookings open on July 14, 2023. Existing Kia Seltos owner can grant a K-Code from the Kia App or website that could be used by new Seltos buyers to get access to priority delivery. K-Code will be valid on July 14 from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM.
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New Kia Seltos vs Old Model – Price Comparison
The old model was priced from Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 19.65 lakh, ex-showroom. The prices of the petrol trims ranged from Rs 10.89 lakh to Rs 15.90 lakh while the diesel mill retailed between Rs 12.39 lakh and Rs 19.65 lakh, ex-showroom. Kia has not revealed the prices of the new Seltos just yet. But we could expect a reasonable premium of anywhere between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 on all the various because of enhanced safety and new-age features.
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For the turbo petrol version, we can expect a premium of around Rs 1.85 lakh compared to the non-turbo petrol variant. Note that we have taken this number from the difference between the prices of the Verna SX trim in turbo and non-turbo petrol trims. Since both these engines will be the same in Seltos, we reckon this is an accurate assumption. Therefore, depending on the variant, the different could easily be around Rs 1.85 lakh for the manual and Rs 3 lakh for the DCT compare to the regular trim. We shall update the prices as soon as they are available.
|Kia Seltos – Petrol||Old||Old||New (exp.)||New (exp.)|
|Base Model||Rs 10.89 lakh||Rs 15.90 lakh||Rs 11.29 lakh||Rs 16.30 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 14.90 lakh||Rs 15.90 lakh||Rs 15.30 lakh||Rs 16.30 lakh|
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|Kia Seltos – Diesel||Old||Old||New (exp.)||New (exp.)|
|Base Model||Rs 12.39 lakh||Rs 17.59 lakh||Rs 12.79 lakh||Rs 17.99 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 17.79 lakh||Rs 19.65 lakh||Rs 18.19 lakh||Rs 19.99 lakh|
New Kia Seltos vs Old Model – Specs Comparison
The new Kia Seltos comes with three powertrain and 5 transmission options – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre turbo diesel and a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine in three trims – X-Line, GT-Line and Tech-Line. While the first two mills are carried over from the outgoing model, the latter is sourced from the recently launched Verna to replace the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. The power and torque outputs stand at 115 PS / 144 Nm (petrol), 115 PS / 250 Nm (diesel) and 160 PS / 253 Nm (turbo petrol) respectively. The transmission options include manual, IVT and DCT for the petrol and iMT and Automatic transmission for diesel.
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The previous generation model used to come with just the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The 1.4-litre was recently discontinued due to the stricter emission norms. The power and torque figures were similar to the new model. There were options of the clutch-less manual and automatic transmission with the diesel models and manual and CVT automatic gearboxes with the petrol trims. The same configuration is carried over to the new model as well.
|Specs||New Kia Seltos||Old Kia Seltos|
|Engine||1.5 L (P) / 1.5 L (D) / 1.5 L (Turbo P)||1.5 L (P) / 1.5 L (D)|
|Power||115 PS / 115 PS / 160 PS||115 PS / 115 PS|
|Torque||144 Nm / 250 Nm / 253 Nm||144 Nm / 250 Nm|
|Transmission||MT, AT, DCT, iMT, IVT||MT, AT, iMT, IVT|
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Kia Seltos has always been a feature-loaded product. But the Korean auto giant has upped the ante this time around. While the existing features are still there, Kia has introduced some juicy new amenities including things like a voice-controlled Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, ADAS 2.0 with 17 features, a Dual-Zone Climate Control, two 10.25-inch Panoramic Dual Displays for Infotainment and Driver’s Instrument Cluster, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 15 Standard Safety Features and 32 total Safety features, new-age Kia Connect with Alexa Home-to-Car Connectivity, Connected LED Taillamps, Ventilated Front Seats with 8-way Powered Adjustment, Smart Purifier, 8-Speaker Premium Bose Sound System, new 18-inch Alloy Wheels, etc. It will also get a new front fascia with a bigger grille, new alloy wheels, a new Tech Line trim and Matte Graphite version.
|Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof|
|ADAS 2.0 with 17 Features|
|Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control|
|Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|Two 10.25-inch Dual Displays|
|Kia Connect with Alexa Home-to-Car Connectivity|
|Ventilated Front Seats with 8-way Powered Adjustment|
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