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On August 22, 2019, Kia Seltos was launched in India with prices starting at Rs 9.69 lakh for the base petrol, going up to Rs 15.99 lakh (all prices, showroom) for the range-topping diesel. With the launch of Seltos, Kia Motors officially entered the Indian market. Since the launch, Kia Seltos has been receiving tremendous customer demand. Yes, you read it right. While the model garnered over 32,000 bookings at the time of launch, the first sales report is out for the Kia Motors India and the brand sold 6200 units of the Seltos in its first month of sales, according to the date reported to SIAM.
According to a report of NDTV’s carandbike, Renault sold 5700 units last month, while Ford dispatched 5517 units during the same period. Tata dispatched 7316 units in August, which brings the gap between the Indian and the South Korean car companies to just 1116 units. It is worth mentioning here that Kia has become the seventh largest automaker in India behind Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra, Toyota, Honda and Tata Motors.
Importantly, the waiting period for the Kia Seltos has gone up to eight weeks with the company registering over 35,000 bookings. However, to meet the demand, the automaker has ramped up production at the Anantapur facility. The company has already confirmed that it will start the second shift at the plant soon. Interestingly, bookings for the Seltos are open both online and offline.
Kia Seltos is available in Tech Line and GT Line trims, each of which are offered in five variants - E, K, K+, X and X+. Kia Seltos is available in 16 variants. The Tech Line gets more premium appearance with a beige and black cabin with leather upholstery. On the other hand, the GT Line gives sportier look to the Seltos with an all-black cabin, black leather seats with red contrast stitching. The GT Line also gets sporty looking bumper.
Kia Seltos comes with BS VI compliant powertrain. The SUV comes with an option of 1.4 litre Turbo GDI petrol engine that produces 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic transmission. The SUV comes a 1.5-litre diesel engine which churns out 113 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual and an IVT (Intelligent continuously variable transmission) automatic transmission.
Also, Kia Seltos comes with a 1.5-litre VGT diesel that belts out 113 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The compact SUV is available in normal, eco and sports drive modes. It also gets different traction modes like Snow and Mud.
The mid-size SUV have the iconic tiger-nose grille with full LED headlamps on the front and vertically housed LED fog lamps. On the rear, the car will be equipped with LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes.
Along with 17-inch five-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels, the compact SUV comes equipped with roof rails and shark fin antenna. Inside the cabin, the new Kia Seltos features a 10.25-inch touchscreen audio video navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The compact SUV also gets features like 8-inch HUD (Heads Up Display), blind-spot view monitor, EPS (Electronic Power Steering), eco coating, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and push-button start/stop. The compact SUV is available in eight monotone and five dual-tone colour options.
On the safety features front, the car carry multiple airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist), reverse parking sensors and camera, the compact SUV also gets VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS (Traction Control System) and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control). There is a 360-degree camera as well.
The GTX Plus DCT is the most popular variant of Seltos at present. Recently, it was reported that Kia Seltos GT Line will soon have a diesel engine option.