Kia Seltos SUV Global Unveil Highlights: Kia Motors’ first car for Indian market to launch this festive season

New Kia Seltos SUV Global Unveil Highlights: Kia Motors has officially announced that its plans to launch five more products in India, after the Seltos, within the next three years.

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Kia Seltos 2019 Unveil Highlights: Kia Motors has officially entered the Indian passenger car market with the unveiling of the all-new Seltos SUV. This will be the very first Kia to launch in India and the South Korean will be launching five more products in the country in the coming three years. The new Seltos is based on Hyundai Creta’s platform but will have slightly larger dimensions, hence promising better cabin and boot space. A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor, Kia is poised to operate as a separate entity in India and it has set up a manufacturing plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh where it will produce the Seltos.

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15:05 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos overview

Kia Seltos is the first Kia vehicle that will launch in India and was first showcased during the 2018 Auto Expo as a concept called SP Concept.It'll come with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options and transmission options include a manual and four automatics. There are three driving modes - Eco, Normal and Sports. The Seltos will come equipped with Kia's UVO CONNECT system for Internet-connectivity. Rivalling the likes of Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and MG Hector, Kia Seltos will launch in India before the festive season begins this year. Expect Seltos to be priced in the range of Rs 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom). Read more: Kia Seltos officially makes its global debut: To be priced from Rs 11-17 lakh

14:48 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos production and sales

Kia Seltos will be built in Korea and India and will go on sale in global markets from the second half of 2019. Kia Seltos production will be based at two of Kia’s production facilities – in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India and in Gwangju, Korea. It is due on sale in India by this year's festive season.

14:35 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos safety features

Kia Seltos gets several Advanced High-Strength Steel components, a rigid bodyshell for reduced road vibrations and enhanced occupant safety. It is fitted with six airbags, as well as an array of electronic safety systems that include Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management system with traction control and electronic stability control as standard. The car is fitted with an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System,) a Traction Control System, a Brake-force Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

14:12 (IST)20 Jun 2019
UVO CONNECT in detail

UVO features the Kia Live system, housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen in the centre of the dashboard. The system uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data during a drive, such as traffic information, weather forecasts and points of interest. The second element of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones.

14:10 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos UVO system

Kia Seltos also offers Kia’s UVO CONNECT telematics system. UVO CONNECT uses the in-car touchscreen and compatible smartphones to connect drivers to the world around and provide relevant information. UVO system is free to users for the first three years. It includes stolen vehicle notification and tracking, safety alerts, auto collision notification and emergency assistance.

13:58 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos' Sound Mood Lighting system

Kia Selto's cabin is also fitted with an optional Sound Mood Lighting system, emitting soft light from panels in the doors. This includes a 3D-patterned surface on the door panels. The Sound Mood Lighting system pulses in time to the beat of music playing through the audio system, with eight customisable colours and six themes illuminating the cabin.

13:51 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos driving modes

Kia Seltos is equipped with a Drive Mode Select system. Drivers can choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode, of which the Eco mode is tuned to maximise vehicle range by using fuel-saving measures, Sport mode increases responses from the steering and electric motor to maximise the dynamic driving feel of the car. Normal mode provides a balance between the two.

13:49 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos LED lighting

Kia Seltos is equipped with full LED headlights and taillights. For daytime driving, the car also has LED daytime running lights and rear lamps, and 3D multi-layer indicators. For driving in foggy conditions, the car is also equipped with LED fog lights.

13:47 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos wheels and tyres

Kia Seltos sits on a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch premium crystal cut alloy wheels. The wheels are shod with 205/60 R16, 215/55 R17 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

13:45 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Head-up display and Bose audio

Kia Seltos will come with an 8.0-inch Head-Up Display system to project driving information on to a small glass panel behind the steering wheel – such as turn-by-turn navigation directions and vehicle speed information. The car is also available with a premium eight speaker Bose audio system.

13:43 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos engine and transmission options

Kia Seltos will be available with a 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine producing 177 PS, a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 149 PS and a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 136 PS. Depending on the market, the Seltos will be offered with up to three automatic transmission options – a seven speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

13:26 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos to launch this festive season

13:11 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos India

Here's Kia Seltos in another dual-tone colour option.

13:08 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos unveiled

Here you go! Kia Seltos in the flesh. Expect the Seltos to carry a price in the range of RS 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom). The Jeep Compass rival will be launched in India this festive season.

12:56 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Motors India sales and service

Kia sales and service network will be largest in the country for a new automobile entrant in the market. 265 touchpoints will be operated by authorised Kia dealships. Kia has invested $1.1 billion in its Anatapur facility in India. Kia Motors India will have four spare part depots, three training centres for dealership workforce.

12:54 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos BS-VI engines

Kia Seltos will be BS-VI ready with petrol, turbo petrol and a diesel engine options. It will get Normal, Eco and Sports driving modes. For tranmission options, it'll get four gearbox options - CVT for petrol, 6-speed AT Torque Convertor for diesel, standard manual and the 7-speed DCT for the GT line.

12:51 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Manohar Bhat, Vice President & Head of Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India

Kia realises the unmet needs of the customers in India, which is the centre focus of Seltos' denelopment, says Manohar Bhat, Vice President & Head of Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India. Kia Seltos is packed with global-first features like advanced connected car tech - UVO which has several features lieke vehicle management, navigation etc, he adds.

12:45 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos GT

Kia will also launch the GT version of the Seltos with better perforamance with the G1.4 Turbo-GCI engine and a 7-speed DCT.

12:39 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Lorenz Glaab, Head, Global Product Management talks about specifications

We are launching into a new market with a new product. The name comes from Celtos - the son of Greek God Hercules and it will a positining model in the Indian market. It has been designed and engineered to global standards and will be launched in several international markets, says Lorenz Glaab, Head, Global Product Management.

12:33 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Interior customisations

Kia Seltos gets the 'tiger' face, the rear gets am aluminium garnish, and on the inside, it gets music linking mood lamp, an air purifier, eight colour combinations, two-tone roof combinations to help customers customise.

12:31 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Tom Kearns, Vice President and Senior Chief Designer, talks about the design of Seltos

Kia unveiled the concept SP2 during the 2018 Auto Expo and the customer response was very positive helping Kia to develop the SUV in what it is - the Seltos, says Tom Kearns, Vice President and Senior Chief Designer.

12:29 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Affiliation to Hyundai Group

Kia Motors is a part of Hyundai Motor Group, which is becoming a driving force in developing the future of mobility. The group is also working on artificial intelligence, robotics, smart cities among other avenues.

12:25 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Motors digital showrooms

Kia Motors digital showrooms will available from day one of the beginning Kia Seltos sales in India. Han-Woo Pak also says that the Seltos customers will avail the highest used car residual value in the market. The Made-in-India Sltos will be sold in teh Middle East, Latin America and Asian markets. Pak says that India will play a massive role on Kia's global expansion.

12:22 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Han-Woo Pak, President and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation on stage

Kia says that the Seltos has been designed and developed specifically with the Indian market win focus and that it is a milestone launch for the South Korean car manufacturer. Han-Woo Pak, President and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation says that Kia Motors India's goal is to become one of the country's most trusted and desired brand. Kia initially will have 265 touchpoints in 160 cities across India. The manufacturer aims to expand to 350 touchpoints by 2021.

12:04 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos safety features

In terms of safety, Kia Seltos will get dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, driver and passenger seat belt warning along with high-speed alert system as standard in line with the government AIS 145 safety regulation for cars. Top-spec trims are likely to get additional safety equipment such as side and curtain airbags along with several driver assistance systems.

12:01 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos expected price

Competing in the compact SUV segment, the Seltos is expected to be priced in-between the range of Rs 10.5 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom). Its prices, along with the features and creature comforts that it offers are likely to work in its favour and could possibly turn the Seltos in a grand success in the Indian market.

11:58 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos interior spy photos

Earlier this month, some images of the Kia Seltos' cabin surfaced online which reveal an all-black cabin, soft-touch materials on door panels, piano black finish around power-window switches. Expect the Seltos to come with rear air-con vents as well. (Photo: Auto Post)

11:53 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia's entry in compact SUV segment

Kia Seltos is entering a market segment - that of the compact SUV which is immensely successful in India with strong players likes Hyundai Creta enjoying huge popularity. So how will Kia Seltos make space for itself in the market. Here are five reasons why we think it could. Five reasons why Kia Seltos can dethrone the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector

11:50 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos World Premiere press conference to begin shortly
11:48 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos engine options

Kia Seltos will be launched with options of petrol and diesel engines, which will most likely be BS-VI compliant. It'll get options of a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Transmission options will include a manual as well as an automatic.

11:46 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos World Premiere

Kia Motors is all set to roll out the all-new Seltos in front of the media. The stage is set and we are at the venue to bring you all details live, so stay tuned.

11:37 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos interior features

Kia Seltos will come with an extensive list of comfort and convenience features in the cabin. Expect the top-spec variant to come equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering wheel mounted controls, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electrically adjustable ORVMs (outside rear view mirrors) among others.

11:29 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos cabin

Kia Motors has had a reputation for well-built premium car interiors and the Seltos will follow suit. It will likely come with leather upholstery and the cabin could get a dual-tone colour treatment. Expect the steering wheel, gear knob and door pads to get leather accents as well. The dash will likely get soft-touch material wrapping.

11:23 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos interior space

Kia Seltos shares its platform with Hyundai Creta, but will have comparatively larger dimensions. The Seltos will boast of spacious cabin and boot. The overall appeal of the cabin will be a premium with features amd gadgets to support the same.

11:20 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Seltos design sketch

Kia Motors released a sneak peak into what to expect from the Seltos' design through this design sketch.

11:18 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos design

Kia Seltos will boast of Kia's latest design philosophy and the production-ready version does take several cues from the concept sp2i. The overall personality of the Seltos appears butchy but even so it carries sleek edges for a modern touch. It'll come with LED head and tail lamps, 17-inch diamond-cut alloys and Kia's signature 'Tiger-Nose' grille.

11:14 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos rivals

In terms of dimensions, Kia Seltos will be slightly larger than Hyundai Creta and will rival the likes of Jeep Compass and MG Hector in India. A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors will operate independently in the country.

10:33 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia in India

Kia Seltos is the first of six products that Kia Motors plans to launch in India within the next three years. The manufacturer also confirmed that it will one new product every six months. Kia has set up a manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh where the Seltos SUV will be produced.

10:04 (IST)20 Jun 2019
Kia Seltos Global Unveil in India

Kia Motors is all set to make its debut in India today with an all-new compact SUV named the Seltos. It was first showcased in India during the 2018 Auto Expo as a concept and Kia has said that it has been designed keeping the preferences of the Indian buyer in mind. We will be present at the unveiling of the Seltos to bring you details live from the venue. So stay tuned.

New Kia Seltos Unveil Highlights: Kia Motors has unveiled its very first product in India called the Seltos which will rival the likes of Jeep Compass and MG Hector. The Seltos will come with petrol and diesel engine options with a manual and three automatic transmission options. Expect the Seltos to be priced in the range of Rs 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom).