Kia Motors India, a fully owned subsidiary of the Korean company Kia Motors Corporation is all set to begin its operations in India with their first launch soon. Kia has finally revealed their first model for the Indian market as the brand new Kia Seltos makes it global debut.
While Kia is the sister brand of Hyundai, both being a part of the Hyundai Motor Group conglomerate, the Seltos is the sister car for the Hyundai Creta, albeit it is slightly larger in proportions. Thus the Seltos will also compete against other established rivals like the Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, and another new entrant to the Indian market the MG Hector.
In India, the Seltos will come with a petrol and diesel engine options both of which will comply with Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. Internationally, the petrol models on offer with the Seltos include a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine producing 149hp and 1.6-litre turbo petrol that produces 177hp, while the diesel engine will be the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produces 136hp. However, Kia is yet to release any information regarding the engine options that will be offered in India. Although, the manufacturer has confirmed that they will offer four transmission options; a 6-speed manual, a CVT for the standard petrol model, a 6-speed torque converter likely for the diesel. The Seltos will also introduce Kia’s GT line of sporty cars in India with the Seltos GT Line that will come equipped with a 1.4-litre turbo GDI petrol engine with the 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. while exact specifications are yet to be released.
The Seltos will offer a richer experience when compared to its sister, the Hyundai Creta. On the exterior, the Seltos will get Kia’s signature Tiger-nose front grille flanked by LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, while the rear will also get all LED tail lamps and the car will come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55 R17 section tyres. The Seltos’ cabin will come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The driver also gets digital TFT screen flanked by an analogue speedometer and tachometer in the instrument cluster, while it will also get a heads-up display to try and keep the driver’s eyes on the road. The cabin also comes with automatic climate control, cabin mood lighting that can coordinate changes with the music being played in the car from the 8-speaker Bose sound system, seats covered with Nappa leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver seat, cooled front seats, sun-shades for the second-row passengers, a sunroof and the list continues. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, driver and passenger seat belt warning along with the high-speed alert system will be offered as standard equipment as mandated by Indian regulations. Additionally, it will get Traction Control System, Brake-force Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front parking sensors with a 360-degree parking camera and six airbags.
Currently, the Kia Seltos has only made its first official public appearance. Kia has not yet revealed the pricing of the Seltos, but it will be launched very soon and we estimate it to be competitive ranging from Rs 11 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kia Seltos will be manufactured in Kia’s brand new manufacturing facility in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh which is said to cater to the demand for the Indian market and will also export models to the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and other regions of Asia. The Seltos is a global product and Kia will sell the model internationally as well. As Kia is entering a new region with a vehicle specifically designed for the Indian market, the brand unveiled the Seltos for the first time on Indian soil. Kia will introduce 6 new models in India, including the Seltos, with four models to be manufactured in India. As for their dealer network, Kia India will have 265 touch points in 160 cities and plans to expand to 350 by 2021.
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