The Kia Seltos, a compact SUV launched in 2019, is set to receive its first major upgrade with the upcoming facelift. The undisguised spy shots provide a glimpse of the refreshed model, which is anticipated to hit the market in July. Here are five key features that have been spotted in the facelifted version:
Refreshed Front Profile
The facelifted Seltos showcases a revamped front profile, highlighted by a larger grille. It boasts new LED headlights and sleeker daytime running lights (DRLs), integrated into the grille. The redesigned bumper adds a more dynamic and aggressive appearance, while the fog lamps retain their stacked-ice cube design but with modified housing.
Unchanged Side Profile
The side profile of the facelifted Seltos appears unchanged, apart from tweaked door cladding. Surprisingly, the alloy wheels remain the same as those found on the existing X-Line variants. The presence of chrome door handles suggests this model could be a higher-end variant.
Enhanced Rear Profile
Significant changes are observed in the rear profile of the facelifted Seltos. The boot shape has been altered to achieve a more aggressive look. The new LED tail lamps are connected by an illuminated strip. The redesigned bumpers now incorporate the reverse lights, while the dual faux exhausts have gained prominence, contributing to an overall sportier appearance.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Confirming previous speculations, the spy shots reveal the inclusion of radar-based ADAS technology in the production-ready facelifted Seltos. A rectangular-shaped radar unit can be seen on the front bumper. The ADAS suite is expected to offer features such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist. The Kia Seltos will be the second compact SUV to offer this safety feature after the MG Astor.
Upgraded Interior and Features
While the interior details are partially visible in the spy shots, it is expected that the facelifted model will receive a refreshed design, resembling the international variant. The global-spec model is equipped with a new dual-layer, all-black theme, along with new switches and dual-integrated 10.25-inch displays comprising a digital driver’s display and touchscreen infotainment system.
Powertrain and Pricing
The powertrain options are likely to remain unchanged, with the same 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines expected to be retained. The discontinued 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine will be replaced by a new 160PS 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine. All engine variants will offer automatic transmission options, as before. The facelifted Kia Seltos is anticipated to be priced from around Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Kia Seltos facelift will continue to compete against formidable rivals such as the MG Astor, Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Citroen C3 Aircross, and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.
With its refreshed front and rear profiles, inclusion of ADAS technology, upgraded interior, and continuation of reliable powertrain options, the facelifted Kia Seltos aims to strengthen its position in the competitive compact SUV segment. Buyers can expect an exciting blend of style, safety, and performance when the vehicle goes on sale in July.