At an event in Gurugram, Kia Motors has world-premiered its Kia Seltos Compact SUV. The Seltos is indigenously manufactured and has stylish design with plush and spacious interiors. The vehicle boasts many world, India and segment firsts with class leading safety features.
The Seltos comes equipped with Smartstream – newly developed third generation BS VI compliant powertrain for high efficiency and powerful performance. The Seltos comes with BSVI diesel and petrol engines and will be offered in three automatic transmission options – IVT, (Intelligent continuously variable transmission) 7DCT, 6AT and, along with 6 Speed Manual transmission – giving users options to choose the combo that conforms to their driving style. It has ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode. The Eco mode is tuned to maximise vehicle range by using fuel-saving measures, while Sport mode increases responses from the steering and electric motor to maximise the dynamic driving feel of the car. Normal mode provides a careful balance between the two. It also comes equipped with multiple grip controls. Drivers can choose from mud, wet and sand mode depending on road condition.
On the design front the Seltos has wide Signature Tiger Nose Grille and sharply designed front and rear full LED lights. Its premium crystal cut alloys compliment the dimension of the Seltos and lends it a powerful stance. Its strong shoulder line, matched with a glasshouse, which tapers towards the rear of the car, as well as rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. Seltos has 8 sensuous color combinations and 5 two tone colour options.
Seltos comes equipped with the globally famous UVO connect, an advanced connected car technology which offers an array of convenience and safety features. The UVO boasts 37 smart features under five distinct categories i.e. Navigation, Safety and Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience. The UVO facility will be free for the first three years for its users. It has following features:
- AI Voice Command
- Stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization
- Auto Collision Notification, SOS-emergency assistance etc.
- Remote engine start & stop
- Remotely operated Air Purifier and In Car Air Quality Monitor
- Safety alert (Geo fence, Time Fence, Speed, Valet, Idle)
On the safety front, the Seltos gets 6 airbags and is built on robust structure, which has high usage of advanced high strength steel. The car is fitted with an Anti-lock Braking System, a Traction Control System, a Brake-Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors, for assistance when parking. It has rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps, thus allowing the driver to focus more on the road conditions ahead. It has segment first 360 degree camera with Blind View Monitor and driving rear view monitor (DRVM).
The company has not revealed the prices but it is expected to be in the range of Rs. 11 to 15 Lakhs ex-showroom. It is expected to be launched in India soon.