The 2019 Kia Seltos, the manufactures first product, is up for bookings. Kia is right now offering the bookings for the Seltos for Rs 25,000. Customers can pre-order at Kia dealerships or at Kia’s Indian website. Kia has also released pictures of the interior of the car that may have helped in the boost in bookings. Kia recorded 6000 plus bookings for the Seltos on the first day itself. The new Kia Seltos also get Kia’s UVO Connectivity. Check out the new Seltos’ interior out below. Scroll down for more images and more information on this car.
The Kia Seltos will mark the brand’s debut into the Indian market with a new SUV. Also, check out our detailed video below to see the Seltos in detail. Scroll through the story below to see more pictures, specifications and features
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 after the unveiling on 20th June. The manufacturer has said that the car will get launched in the 4th quarter of 2019. There is no exact date as of now. The bookings for the car will begin next week from 15th July. Till that time many showrooms of the automaker will be ready.
|KIA SELTOS||22nd August 2019|
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 Rs 22 lakh price range (on-road). Overall this will make the car a very interesting choice to consider over it’s Hyundai sibling as it offers more features and alternative design.
Kia SELTOS India Price in India (Expected)
Another new report suggests that the Seltos is priced at Rs. 11.38 lakhs. This is exactly the price that the company will be targeting the Indian market as it is selling this car for this rate in South Korea.
|Kia SELTOS variants||Price (ex-showroom)|
|Base variant||Rs 11 lakhs – Rs 13 lakhs|
|Mid variant||Rs 13 lakhs – Rs 15 lakhs|
|Top variant||Rs 15 lakhs – Rs 17 lakhs|
Kia SELTOS India Interior
While the interior of the Kia SELTOS India was not shown at the launch now we have a complete layout of the front of the car. With what we could see and the earlier sketches showed, the quality in the Seltos’ cabin appears to be top-class, the dash is dominated by a large 10.25-inch screen which extends all the way to the instrument cluster (very Mercedes Benz). All versions shown to us on unveil had leather seats, a sunroof and it looks like there is a decent amount of space inside the Kia Seltos.
Below images released by Kia show us the mood lighting, the leather pattern on the seats, rear AC vents display, the smart dashboard, first in class heads-up-display and the instrument cluster plus warning lights.
The Seltos will also get a lot of storage space, a cooled glovebox and a large center console. The 2nd row of this SUV 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. We will have to get a closer look at the interior for more. There should also be a set of fast-charging USB ports.
Also, the Seltos will come with rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, and there will be at least two interior color schemes on offer – all-black and beige-and-black. We expect the production guise to get the standard Kia fare that is present on its SUVs, sedans as well as hatchbacks.
Kia Seltos Video
Kia SELTOS India Design
The Kia SELTOS 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. To put the design in one word – ‘Aggressive’.
The 17-inch alloy wheels 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 Features
From the large picture, we can say that the Seltos SUV 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
One of the models on display had a smaller infotainment screen with buttons on each side and drum brakes at the rear (as opposed to disc brakes for all four wheels on the other versions) – a setup that could be offered on the lower-spec models.
KIA SELTOS UVO Connectivity
Keeping up with the recent Connected SUV trend started by the Hyundai Venue and the MG Hector. Kia’s UVO Connect connectivity suite is available in international markets and is similar to the Hyundai Venue‘s BlueLink system in what it has to offer. It gets 37 features under five categories (Navigation, Safety and Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience), the UVO Connect system will offer AI-based voice command, stolen vehicle tracking and immobilisation, safety alerts, remote engine start and stop, auto collision notification and remote control of the air purifier, among other things.
Kia SELTOS Variants
Besides the features expected to be available on the HTK+ variant, the Seltos HTX variant is likely to come equipped with sweeping LED light bar, LED headlamps, Ice-Cube LED fog lamps, LED taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels. The cabin will be equipped with a 10.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, UVO connectivity, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 60:40 split seats, air purifier, fast-charging USB ports in the second row, ambient mood lighting, rear reclining seats and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
In addition to the features rumored to be available on the HTE variant, the Seltos HTK variant is also likely to be equipped with floating roof rails, projector headlamps with LED DRL, mood lights with sound function, height-adjustable front seat belts, cruise control, smart key with push-button start and electrically foldable mirrors with indicators.
The base variant of the Kia Seltos is speculated to be available with features such as a tiger-nose grille, shark fin antenna, front and rear faux skid plates, rear AC vents, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, follow-me-home headlamps, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth with voice recognition, four-speaker music system, ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.
Apart from the features speculated to be housed in the HTX variant, the Seltos HTX+ is likely to be rigged out with UV cut glass, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, seven-inch MID display, Bose eight-speaker music system, 360-degree camera, driver rearview monitor, ventilated seats and wireless charging. Besides that, we may also expect electric sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, six airbags, brake assist, hill start assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), multi-drive modes, front parking sensors and a blind view monitor.
In the GT line-up, the Seltos GTK variant will be the base trim and is likely to come equipped with ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, LED headlamps, LED light bar, LED DRLs, LED taillights, LED sound mood, Ice-Cube LED fog lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. The cabin may be furnished with tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, steering mounted controls, cruise control, reclining seats for the second row, rear AC vents, push-button start, smart key, Bluetooth and FM and Aux-in connectivity.
Besides the features rumored to be available on the GTK variant, the Seltos GTX variant is also likely to be furnished with ambient mood lighting, UV cut glass, eight-inch Heads-Up Display (HUD), seven inch MID display, automatic climate control, wireless charging, UVO connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, air purifier, TPMS, multi-drive modes, brake assist, hill start assist, ESC and ISM.
Apart from the features included in the GTX variant, the Seltos GTX+ variant is likely to have eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, electric sunroof, ventilated seats, Bose eight-speaker music system, 360-degree camera, front parking sensors and a driver rearview monitor.
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 be feature-packed and is a great car to consider above the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier.
Kia SELTOS India 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 combines the practicality of a mid-SUV with the capabilities of a traditional SUV – all in a compact package, but without compromises.
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Kia SELTOS India Specifications
The Kia Seltos get BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines at launch, including a 1.4-litre, T-GDI turbo-petrol engine. The 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines – branded ‘Smartstream’ – will get a 6-speed manual as standard, and automatic options will include a CVT for the petrol, a 6-speed torque converter for the diesel and a 7-speed DCT for the 1.4 turbo-petrol. The Kia Seltos gets three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) and even terrain modes – Wet, Mud, Sand which one can choose from using a rotary knob positioned on the center console.
An interesting thing to note is the presence of ‘GT Line’ badging on the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol version of the Seltos. The Kia Seltos GT Line features red accents on the wheels, and contrast red stitching for an all-black interior. A flat-bottom steering wheel adds to its sporty nature, as do the gloss red inserts for the front and rear bumper. 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 safety
Safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), TCS (Traction control system), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), BAS (Brake-Assist System), 360-degree camera and rear and front parking sensors.
Kia SELTOS India Competition
The Kia SELTOS will compete with its parent companies car, the Hyundai Creta. 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 rough road capability makes the Seltos a good option to choose against the more expensive Jeep Compass Trailhawk.