The much awaiting brand officially marked their presence in India with the launch of their first car, the Seltos SUV. The car initially showcased in the 2018 Auto Expo as the SP Concept finally get its pure form.
The Seltos rolled out from Kia’s 2 billion dollar production facility in Ananthapur, AP. The car will compete against the emerging compact SUV segment in India.Moreover, Kia has plans in exporting the Indian made Seltos to overseas markets.
In terms of design, The Seltos keep most of the key elements from the SP concept. Upon front the Tiger nose grille grabs attention. Side profiles with muscular shoulder lines perceives the muscular SUV stance. The fully LED lights at the front and rear looks very appealing and it match righteous with the styling proportions. The car will comes with 8 sensuous color combinations and 5 dual tone color options to choose from.
The BS VI ready Seltos will be available in markets later in this year. Initially the car will offer in 3 engine options: 1.4-litre turbo petrol , 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. Surprisingly, it will offer 3 Automatic transmission in the list, in fact first of its kind by a brand in India for a specific model. This includes an IVT, Kia’s iteration of continuously variable transmission. Secondly, a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission and finally a Torque converter AT. Moreover, a 6-speed Manual Transmission is also in offer.
In the era of connected cars, the Seltos has the potential to compete with its rivals by the UVO Connect technology with the 37 smart features in offer.This internet based features are free for the first 3 years. Kia has given no compromise to the safety with the incorporation of active, passive, healthy safety, security and maintenance measures in the car
The car will be ready on sale not too late by this year with the 265 authorized touch points across 160 cities in India.The car is expected to price between 11 to 18 lakhs, and will take the likes of the trending compact SUV segment in India.