There were talks about the Kia Seltos getting new features. This had to happen. With the all-new Hyundai Creta gnawing at its feet, Kia Motors India had to take some action. The company has today launched the refreshed Kia Seltos. By refreshed, we don’t mean a facelift but instead a new variant line-up, with more features and some from the higher ones have been trickled down to the lower versions as well. The Kia Seltos was launched last year and is currently one of the hottest selling SUVs in India. Kia Motors India has now taken the opportunity to add a sunroof to the lower variants while at the same time, the UVO connected app now gets additional functions. These include smartwatch connectivity and voice commands. At the same time, two variants of the turbo-petrol engine have been discontinued – GTK manual and GTX 7-DCT. The prices of the SUV still start from Rs 9.89 lakh and go up to Rs 17.34 lakh, ex-showroom.
The refreshed Kia Seltos has got 10 new features. These include an ESS as standard, remote engine start for all automatic variants, Voice Assist function commands like cricket score, Hello Kia, as well as Indian holiday info on HTX, HTX+, GTX, and GTX+ trims. A silver garnish is available around the temperature control unit of the aforementioned variants as well. Kia is also offering a new dual-tone option for the sunroof of the HTX+ and GTX+ variants. A brief of what all features have trickled down to the lower variants is as given below.
|Sr. No.||Features||Availability in older Seltos variants||Added Variants for features|
|1||Sunroof with LED Room Lamp||HTX+,GTX+||HTX /HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|2||Rear USB charger||HTX /HTX+/GTX/GTX+||All Variants|
|3||Metal scuff plates||GTK,GTX,GTX+||HTX /HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|4||Leatherette Gear Knob||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+||HTK+/HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|5||Black Leatherette Interior||GTK, GTX||GTX, GTX+|
|6||Front Tray USB charger||HTK/HTK+/HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+||All Variants|
|7||Printed Dashboard Garnish||GTK||HTK+|
|8||Dual Muffler Design||HTX /HTX+/GTX/GTX+||HTK+/HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
Kia India has not changed the engine or transmission options and the Seltos continues to be powered by three powertrains. There are two petrol and one diesel with both manual and automatic options. Competition to the Kia Seltos comes from the Nissan Kicks, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Hyundai Creta.
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