Kia, the country's newest car maker is all set to launch its first product, the Seltos, today. Calling it hotly anticipated would be an understatement, with interest levels in the segment itself at an all time high despite the lull in the industry. If you remember, the Seltos shares its platform, albeit with a stretch in wheelbase, with the ever popular Hyundai Creta.
It also gets an unprecedented option of three BS6-compliant engines and three transmissions - 1.4-litre turbo petrol, or a choice of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel mills. All of which can be had with 6-speed manual gearboxes, or a 7-speed DCT, 6-speed IVT (CVT) and 6-speed automatic respectively. Here's a brief rundown of everything we know about the Seltos so far, in the moments running up to the reveal of the Kia Seltos prices.
The prices for the Kia Seltos start at Rs 9.69 lakh ex-showroom India
Kia Seltos will come with 3 year standard warranty that can be extended up to 5 years
With all the uncertainty over upcoming environmental regulations, the Kia Seltos is available with BS6-compliant engines right from launch.
Manohar Bhat, head of sales and marketing Kia Motors India, drives home the highlight of the Kia Seltos design on four pillars: Distinctive, Powerful, Wide, Bold
1/5 Seltos booking has been made online
Kookhyun Shim, MD of Kia Motors India, introduces the brand at the launch of the Kia Seltos in India. Key takeaway being Kia's emphasis on design, with a trio of Red Dot design awards to back it up.
And the launch event of the year is set to begin
Features include UV glass, an 8-way powered driver's seat, 8-inch heads up display, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment, Bose audio system, voice recognition, 360 degree camera, air purifier, UVO connected car technology and more
The Seltos will be available in two trim lines - Tech line and GT line dictating styling cues, with variants in each line dictating the features list, spread across 17 variants in total. The GT line is said to be available only on the 1.4-litre turbo petrol for now, including a top end automatic with all the bells and whistles
The interiors are smartly styled with a mix of premium materials, centred around a squared-binnacle housing the 10.25-inch touchscreen on the top variants.
We've driven the Kia Seltos and you can read or watch our review of the car by clicking here
The engines are all-new and are BS6-compliant. The numbers are below:
1.4 T-GDi - 140PS, 242Nm, 16.1/16.5kmpl (MT/DCT)
1.5 petrol - 115PS, 144Nm, 16.5/16.8kmpl (MT/IVT)
1.5 CRDi - 115PS, 250Nm, 21/18kmpl (MT/AT)
The Kia Seltos is underpinned by what's essentially the Hyundai Creta's platform. The wheelbase has been lengthened marginally, for a 20mm gain over the Creta
Kia will manufacture the Seltos in India, at its sprawling Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh, to cater to domestic demand, as well as exports to other countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East
First seen as the SP Concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. The production version remains faithful to the concept car, largely only switching to more practical sized wheels and gaining pull-type door handles in the process