Kia Seltos SUV (SP concept) was a sensation back at the 2018 Auto Expo. The same has been unveiled for the world here in India in its production form. Seltos oozes contemporary and stylish design with plush and spacious interiors. The vehicle boasts many world, India and segment firsts with class leading safety features, making the vehicle capable to disrupt the segment and create a niche for itself.
Hyundai Creta competitor is a stylish looking mid sized SUV.
The Kia signature tiger nose grille gives it a strong presence. At the front you can find Kia Seltos SUV to be loaded with LEDs – LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED front slat indicators and even ice cube shaped LED fog lamps. It has a long hood, robust bumpers and sharp lines
Kia Seltos SUV gets premium knurled silver finish surrounds. Butch profile gets square wheel arches, sharp window line that goes upward towards the rear with a floating roof and crystal cut alloys.
At the rear, bumper gets a metallic muffler look to add sportiness. Kia Seltos SUV is available in 8 colour options and five two-tone colour combinations.
Size of the SUV looks to be slightly larger than Hyundai Creta. For a first, Kia will launch Seltos with BS6 complaint engines. It would be available in total of three engines and four different transmission options.
1.4 T-GDI petrol with 7 speed DCT
1.5 Diesel (Smartstream) mated to a 6 speed manual/6 speed AT
1.5 Petrol (Smartstream) mated to a 6 speed manual/CVT
Kia Seltos SUV gets three drive modes – Normal, ECO, Sport and terrain modes – Wet, Mud and Sand.
On the interior it gets a dash dominated by a 10.25 inch infotainment system, Smart 8.0 Heads Up Display and a 7 inch coloured instrument panel. It is also loaded with a first in segment blind spot detector and inbuilt air purifier. Adding to the feature list is an 8-speaker sound system by Bose and a 360 degree surround camera.
Kia Seltos SUV gets 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, HAC, VSM, Traction Control as well as front and rear parking sensors and is built on robust structure, which has high usage of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) that fortifies the Seltos’s core and keeps the occupants safe in an event of a crash. First in segment 360 degree camera with Blind View Monitor and driving rear view monitor (DRVM) is also provided for added safety.
Kia Seltos SUV comes equipped with an array of advanced UVO connected car technology features. The UVO technology can be summoned via a dedicated button on the IRVM. The IRVM also has dedicated roadside assistance and SOS button that alert the dedicated call centre– in case of An emergency.
UVO connect, an offers an array of convenience and safety features. The UVO boasts 37 smart features under five distinct categories i.e. Navigation, Safety and Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience. The UVO facility will be free for the first three years for its users.
UVO app features include AI Voice Command, Stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization, Auto Collision Notification, SOS-emergency assistance, Remote engine start & stop, Remotely operated Air Purifier and In Car Air Quality Monitor, Safety alert (Geo fence, Time Fence, Speed, Valet, Idle)
Kia will go live with a vast 265 authorised touchpoints across 160 cities in India. As Kia Motors India proceed further, the company is all set to increase the number of its touchpoints and committed to offer its service to even tier 4 markets along with tier 1,2 and 3. Kia Seltos SUV is expected to be launched in end June or starting of August.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. Han-Woo Park, CEO & President, Kia Motors Corporation, said, “India is crucial market for Kia Motors overall growth story and will play an important role in expanding our global footprint. India is a diverse country with distinct driving condition across the country and hence it was crucial to introduce a vehicle which is perfect in every sense. We are excited to pursue our India journey with Kia Seltos which is crafted and built keeping in mind the Indian customers and their needs. We believe that Seltos is all set to propel Kia into becoming one of India’s prominent automobile players in the years to come. Globally, the world premiere of the Seltos is an important milestone for Kia as it shows our commitment to the Indian market. This is just the beginning as we have many surprises for the 4th largest auto market in the world.”
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