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After presenting the SP Concept at the Auto Expo last year and releasing a slew of sketches, the South Korean maker Kia finally unveiled their Seltos compact SUV a few days ago. The Seltos SUV will formally be launched in August. Several reports had cropped up online stating that the bookings for the latest SUV from the brand are already under way. However, Kia has clarified that the bookings for the Seltos SUV will only start from July 2019. Although, the brand has still not revealed the date or the booking procedure of the SUV as of now. There is also no word on pricing of the SUV yet, but some estimates peg the price range between Rs. 12-16 lakhs, ex-showroom.
The South Korean brand is anticipating a good demand from the customers for their first SUV in the Indian market. The expectation could also see their realisation as the latest from Kia comes armed with a whole lot for the average user and aims to challenge established rivals like the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass in the market. Talking of the exterior of the SUV first, one will instantly notice the presence of the Tiger nose grille at the front of the SUV. The headlamp setup of the upcoming SUV is again something that has been trending in the car market as of now and we can see that there are sharp headlamps present on the SUV along with a LED DRLs underneath. The fog lamps are placed in the lower part of the bumper. The brand will launch the vehicle in the Indian market with the option of 8 shades and the roof will be a dual tone unit that can also be customised by the customer.
Not just the looks but the Kia Seltos also comes with a bevy of unique features to boast of. Among the most unique feature is the presence of a high-end Bose tuned speaker setup that is also paired with the ambient mood lighting of the cabin. There is also a large 10.25 inch infotainment system present in the cabin that comes with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another unique feature of the Seltos will be presence of a Head-Up Display unit that will display vital information for the driver.
Talking of the engine and transmission offerings of the SUV, the petrol units will be a 1.5L naturally aspirated unit rated to deliver 113 Bhp and 138 Nm. The next option in the petrol line-up will be a 1.4L turbo petrol unit rated to deliver 138 Bhp and 242 Nm. Moving on to the diesel option, the diesel unit will be a 1.5L turbo unit rated to deliver 113 Bhp and 250 Nm. Among the automatic options, the first automatic gearbox option that will be offered with the 1.5L petrol unit will be CVT automatic unit. The second option will be a 7-speed twin clutch automatic gearbox that will be offered with the 1.4L turbo petrol model. Lastly, the third automatic option will be a 6 speed torque converter automatic unit that will be offered with the diesel engine. The manual gearbox will be standard on all trims.
The carmaker could either face high import duty now or wait till the MQB platform gets localised in India, which could take over two years.Read More