Kia Seltos sits on the same platform as Hyundai Creta but gets new BS-VI compliance engines along with some segment first features.
Kia Seltos is the much awaited car from the South Korean manufacturers. The mid-size SUV gets some segment first features and is expected to carry BS-VI engines. Not long ago Kia released the official sketches of how the vehicle will look and also some spy shots surfacing the internet tells how the SUV may look like.
Here in this article, we take you through the five things about the Kia Seltos you should be knowing before the official unveil on June 20, 2019.
Segment First Features
The mid-size SUV will get connected car technology like the Hyundai Venue and MG Hector. It gets a large multi-information display (MID) which will show the driving range, fuel efficiency and more. Talk and quiet mode, ambient lighting, a large panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, wireless charging and electronic parking brake are also some of the features we can expect from the upcoming SUV.
It will also get a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adaptive cruise control is also likely to make its way if reports are to be believed.
New Engine Options
We all know that Kia Seltos is derived from the same platform as Hyundai Creta. It will be longer than Creta and more premium in terms of pricing. The powertrain options will be limited to 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, both of which will be mated to manual and automatic transmissions. The engines are BS-VI ready but it is expected that it will be BS-IV at the time of the launch.
Another powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine may be seen which will churn out 140 bhp and will be mated to 7-speed DCT. The new 1.5-litre engine options are likely to make its way for the next-gen Hyundai Creta which will be launched in 2020.
What lacks in the current gen Hyundai Creta can be a plus point for upcoming Kia Seltos. We are talking about the availability of drive modes which adjusts the throttle response and affect fuel economy. Comfort mode, eco, sport and the normal mode are likely to make its way in. As of now, there is no official confirmation regarding that but we can expect that these modes are expected in the car.
It is true that Kia Seltos demands attention. The agile front look with the sharp tiger nose grille up front, fancy looking LED Headlamps along with chunkier LED DRLs design, large LED Taillights and a chunkier chrome bar that runs between the tail lights. The car sits on 18-inch alloy wheels which gets dual-tone design.
The modern design on the exteriors is followed by the same when we talk about interiors. It gets leather upholstery, dual-tone colour scheme and what really uplifts the design is the leather accents on the steering wheel, door pads and on the gearbox. The HVAC vents run below the infotainment system and the car gets the signature Kia three-spoke steering wheel with multi-function controls.
Prices and Competition
The prices for the Seltos is likely to be in a price bracket of Rs 12 lakh-Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, Tata Harrier and the entry-level trims of the MG Hector and Jeep Compass.