Kia Motors India announced the name of its highly anticipated mid-SUV: Kia Seltos. Based on the SP2i concept shown in 2018 Auto Expo. The car will be the first car the South Korean carmaker in the country. The company had earlier revealed last the sketches of its new SUVs exterior and more recently now we saw the interior sketches of the car. While Kia India had not said or released anything, cars undisguised exterior images have leaked online with the name. Today we will see the car in it’s Indian-spec for the first time so stay tuned.
“Seltos is all set to redefine the mid-SUV car segment with its eye-catching looks, exclusive segment-first features and athletic design. We have spent a lot of time in perfecting our car to suit the taste of the Indian customers and I am glad that this originally India intended car is so perfect that it compelled us to make Seltos available globally. The car looks absolutely stunning and very closely matches the SP concept we showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. I am confident that Kia Seltos would be an outright favorite when it hits the roads in the next few months.”, said Mr. Manohar Bhat, Head – Marketing and Sales, Kia Motors India.
Scroll through the story below to see more pictures. The new Kia Seltos will be unveild today. Wait for our detailed video when it comes out. Now, will Kia call this car Seltos in India? Will the name change? It is yet to announce officially. Find out more about the features and specs of the car below.
KIA SELTOS Features
From the large picture, we can say that the car gets a big 10.25-inch touchscreen system, a leather-wrapped gear knob and a lot of steering mounted controls. But once one takes a closer look the buttons and the details, the features on this cart get clearer. Some of the upcoming features that we spotted and could come on the Kia SELTOS will be the following –
- Bose Sound System
- 10.25-inch Touchscreen
- Heads Up Display
- 360° Camera
- Ventilated Seats
- Powered Driver’s Seat
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Air Purifier
- Automatic Climate Control
- Rear AC Vents
2019 Kia Seltos New Teaser
Today is the unveiling of the Kia Seltos which is the first car from this manufacturer. Today they released a teaser on their official channel which shows the ruggedness of the car. The trailer also talks about the nature of the car and its rideability. Click on the video below to check out the teaser.
Kia SELTOS Indian Name
The name ‘Seltos’ is inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of ‘Celtos’ the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtus, the ‘S’ in the car’s adapted name implies speed, sportiness and strength. The Seltos has been created for the young-at-heart people who like to take risks, embrace the outdoors, take on challenges and never back down. The Seltos combines the practicality of a mid-SUV with the capabilities of a traditional SUV – all in a compact package, but without compromises.
Kia SELTOS India Launch
There is no word on the launch of the SELTOS Concept. It’s right now too early to say anything. But it will happen very soon. The Kia SELTOS India is going to be unveiled today.
|KIA SELTOS||August 2019|
Kia SELTOS India Price (Expected)
Internationally Kia has the reputation of being the alternative to Hyundai cars and in some cases, the cheaper alternative. In India, we don’t know how they will handle the market with Hyundai. We do know that they will be competitive. We had predicted that the Kia SELTOS India will not be more expensive than the Hyundai Creta. It should be within the 15 lakh price range. Now we have reports saying that the car will be around Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs. Overall this will make the car a very interesting choice to consider over it’s Hyundai sibling.
|Kia SELTOS variants||Price (ex-showroom)|
|Base variant||Rs 10 lakhs – Rs 12 lakhs|
|Mid variant||Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 14 lakhs|
|Top variant||Rs 14 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs|
Kia SELTOS India Design
The Kia SELTOS Concept has all the hallmarks of the latest Kia design language. Dominating the face is the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille which part of Kia’s design language. There are sleek headlamps and silver in color. On to the side, we see the rear sloping roofline, white-colored roof and massive wheels with the multi-spoke alloy wheel design. The appearance is enhanced by the grey cladding that runs all around the base of the Kia SELTOS India as well as over the heavily flared wheel arches. At the rear, it is a mix of elements thanks to the chrome exhaust setup as well as a chrome line that runs across the top section of the body. The chrome also goes through the tail light assembly.
The alloy wheels are expected to be 17-inch and they look fab. In terms of the overall look, this SUV seems to be promising. There will be contrast roof, roof rails, LED headlamp and taillamp. A lot shall be offered on this new SUV in style. Let’s see what the company offers in the overall pricing.
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Kia SELTOS India Interior
There are finally pictures of the interiors of the Kia SELTOS India. Sketches to be more precise. We expect the production guise to get the standard Kia fare that is present on its SUVs, sedans as well as hatchbacks. Given its positioning and detail scrutiny of the sketches, we believe that first of all the D-segment features like a touch screen system, climate control, and faux leather upholstery will be a part of the feature package. Since it will go up against the Hyundai Creta, features like a sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlamps, engine start-stop, automatic climate control and wireless charging for the phone are expected.
The infotainment system should get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There should also be a set of fast-charging USB ports.
The car will also get a lot of storage space, a cooled glovebox and a large center console. The theme of the interior will be black and beige like other KIA cars we have seen in international markets. The 2nd row of this car will also get a lot of utility in the form of rear AC vents, charging sockets, an armrest and cup holders. The boot space will be ample with a low loading lip.
These features are going to be very necessary for the brand to incorporate in their first car. The car is coming soon this summer and this will turn this year into another onslaught of SUVs. The Kia SELTOS is expected to be priced between Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs (ex-showroom India). This will make the car highly competitive among its rivals. The car will also be feature-packed and will be a great car to consider above the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier. There are now some new Seltos shots that have revealed the car in its production form. We found the car testing around Mumbai. Check them out in the story below.
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Kia SELTOS Expectations
By the looks of it, the SUV should rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. The SELTOS Concept features sharp design elements such as LED headlamp eyebrows, LED taillights and dynamic turn indicators on the ORVMs. Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille gets a revised look for India as well. Kia says that the concept features a production-ready design and the one coming to Kia showrooms across the country will look a lot like it. Engine options have not been confirmed, though a 1.0-liter, turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-liter, turbocharged diesel are expected to find their place under the bonnet. Expect the production version of the SUV to be priced within Rs 10-15 lakh.
We shall update you more on the interior of this car when we know more.
Kia SELTOS India Features
- The Kia SELTOS India should get the following feature for sure –
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- Automatic Headlamps
- Cooled Glove-box
- Ventilated Seats
- Electrically adjustable mirrors
- Alloy wheels
- Projector headlamps and LED taillights
- Leather Upholstery
- Cruise Control
- Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
Kia SELTOS Indian Specifications
Nothing on this is out yet. We can say though that there will be the option of one-liter and the newly developed 1.5-liter engine that will be available on this car. The car could have both petrol and diesel engines on option. Both manual and a CVT automatic transmission could be considered for India. AWD is not expected to be offered on the SELTOS as it is not in high demand in India – the Renault Duster is the only SUV in the segment to offer it and it’s not setting the sales charts on fire. There are many details about this car that are yet to come out. Like the Nexon, we could see different driving modes. We could see the Kia SELTOS also get aids like traction control, ESELTOS and cruise control.
One more interesting detail about this car is that the platform of this car will be also used in the upcoming Hyundai Creta 7 seater.
Kia SELTOS India Competition
The Kia SELTOS will compete with its parent company car, the Hyundai Creta. The car is expected to also in the future deal with the upcoming Tata Harrier. The Kia SELTOS will have its work cut out for itself when it comes next year. There will be a lot of pressure on this car as it will be their first product in the market. The Tata Harrier and the Renault Kicks will be launched before this car and their will a certain advantage in doing so.