You may call it a healthy sibling rivalry, but Kia Motors India has introduced the refreshed Seltos days after Hyundai launched the new Creta. The updates have come to the Seltos within a year of its India debut, and Kia has thrown in additional features to further strengthen its position as India’s most popular mid-SUV. In addition to ten new features that have been added, Kia has also made available many existing features from the higher variants – like the sunroof, on the lower variants too; setting new segment benchmarks and enhancing its class-leading performance. Further, based on market research and customer preference, the company has also decided to discontinue its two variants of – Smartstream Petrol 1.4T-GDI GTK and GTX 7DCT.
Commenting on the introduction, Mr Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, “The Seltos marked the arrival of the Kia brand in India. It laid a strong foundation for Kia in the country and as a vehicle; it has been a true game-changer in the Indian automobile industry. With the refreshed Seltos, Kia Motors India makes India’s favourite SUV even more attractive with new features and options. The Seltos enabled us to address all the unmet needs of the segment, and with the next-gen technology in the refreshed Seltos, we are confident that we will deliver customer delight that is unparalleled. The refreshed Seltos is the result of a deep understanding of the Indian automotive market, and our customers’ desires and requirements, and we are confident it will continue to win hearts for Kia in India.”
He also added, “During these unprecedented conditions, we have innovated to ensure the safety of our customers as well as that of our employees, business associates and staff at our dealer and service network. Our pioneering efforts in offering a complete end-to-end digital purchase experience have helped us address customer concerns and to provide a safe, convenient and enjoyable purchase process.”
Similar to the previous version of the Seltos, the refreshed version will continue to be available in two distinct design lines: Tech Line aimed at family-oriented customers and GT Line aimed at enthusiasts who are young at heart.
Ten new added Features:
The refreshed Seltos not only boasts exterior and interior design changes but also comes equipped with various new safety and connectivity features:
|Sr. No.||New Features||Variants|
|1||Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) Standard||All Variants|
|Connectivity and Convenience|
|2||Smart-Key Remote Engine Start||All Automatic variants|
|3||UVO – Voice Assist wake up Command “Hello Kia”||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|4||UVO Smart Watch App Connectivity||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|5||UVO LITE – Control Air Purifier||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|6||UVO –Voice Assist Indian Holiday Info.||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|7||UVO –Voice Assist Cricket Score||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|8||FATC (Full Automatic Temperature Control) Deco Panel Silver Garnish||HTX/HTX+/GTX/GTX+|
|9||Dual Tone option on Sunroof||HTX+ / GTX+|
|10||New Dual tone colour Orange/White roof||HTX+/GTX+|
Existing features into Lower Variants:
|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+|
Committed to setting new benchmarks and deliver a segment-leading performance, the refreshed Kia Seltos comes with various enhancements to its UVO-led technology. The introduction of UVO – Voice Assist wake up command “Hello Kia” will redefine occupants’ convenience by waking-up the UVO by simply saying “Hello Kia”.. The UVO Smart Watch App Connectivity option will offer added convenience of using the connectivity features through a Smart Watch, built on Android, iOS or Tizen operating systems. Another addition to UVO upgrade is the UVO LITE, which will help control the Smart Air Purifier now in the refreshed Seltos, in addition to controlling the infotainment system.
Ensuring safety of the occupants and pedestrians has always been a key universal priority for Kia Motors. In this line, the company has introduced the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) safety system across all its variants, which automatically switches on the blinking rear light when a sudden brake is applied at or over 55kmph. The feature ensures the safety of not only the occupant of the car but also of the vehicles coming from behind by informing them about the emergency brakes being applied.
Enhancing the convenience of the customers the Smart-Key Remote Engine Start has been introduced to enable the customers to remotely start the engine from their smart keys. Building on providing a stylish and great looking car with great interiors, the refreshed Seltos comes with the Fully Automatic Temperature Control (FATC) panel that gets a Silver highlight, enhancing the modernity of the interiors and giving a luxurious look. Based on customers’ feedback and market demand, the Seltos now comes with an additional dual-tone color option with Orange body and White roof. Customers can now also enjoy the Sunroof in the dual-tone variants of Seltos.
In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has taken strict measures to ensure the safety of its customers. To add more comfort and ease to the buying process for the customer, the company has designed a unique online purchase process, which begins with booking, selection, financing, and closes with delivery. Customers also get online financing options from two leading banks, ICICI and HDFC of the country. Customers can purchase the new Seltos online by logging onto www.kia.com/in or book it from the nearest dealership. Many of the Kia Motors India’s extensive network of service touchpoints are also functioning now following the company’s newly introduced ‘Kia Care’ initiative to offer a completely safe and secure experience to customers.
New Seltos Price List:
The refreshed Seltos will be available across 16 variants, the ex-showroom prices of which are as follows:
|Smartstream Petrol 1.5||HTE||9,89,000|
|Smartstream Petrol 1.4T-GDI||GTX||15,54,000|
|Diesel1.5 CRDi VGT||HTE||10,34,000|