Kia is all set to launch the facelifted version of its popular compact SUV, the Seltos, in India on July 4th. The new Seltos comes with several updates and improvements over the outgoing model.
In terms of design, the facelifted Seltos features sleeker LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs), along with a redesigned front grille. The side profile remains mostly unchanged, except for some door cladding that adds a touch of sportiness. At the rear, the tail lamps have been slightly tweaked, featuring a connecting element in the middle. The boot design has been updated for a more aggressive look, and the rear bumper has also been redesigned.
Under the hood, the facelifted Seltos is expected to retain the same engine options as the outgoing model. This includes a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 115PS of power and 144Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque, available with a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, the facelifted Seltos will introduce a new engine option: a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 160PS of power and 253Nm of torque. This engine has been borrowed from the Kia Carens and the new Hyundai Verna.
In terms of features and safety, the facelifted Seltos is expected to come with a panoramic sunroof, as well as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) such as lane keep assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking. The cabin is likely to receive a redesign, featuring integrated dual 10.25-inch displays for the infotainment system and the digital driver’s display. Safety features such as six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and hill assist are also expected.
The facelifted Kia Seltos is expected to be priced from around Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. It will continue to compete with other popular compact SUVs in the Indian market, including the Hyundai Creta, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, and MG Astor.
Overall, the facelifted Kia Seltos aims to offer a refreshed design, updated powertrain options, and a host of new features to maintain its position as one of the top-selling compact SUVs in India.