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We have been getting minute-by-minute updates about the first vehicle of the South Korean maker Kia’s first vehicle – Seltos SUV – in the Indian market. The launch of the Seltos SUV is slated to take place on 22 August 2019 and ahead of the launch the bookings of the SUV have been opened for the public in official capacity. The response to the SUV has been so good that Kia has managed to snag more than 6,000 bookings for the Seltos in just one single day. The split for the booking stood at 1,628 online bookings and rest from the offline method. The achievement is pretty remarkable for Seltos as no car has ever had such a high booking number on the very first day. What is also remarkable is that a huge chunk of bookings came via the offline method, something that hints at Kia’s strong presence in the market even before the company has launched any vehicle in India. The booking amount for the Seltos SUV is Rs. 25,000, and the deliveries will start on the day of the launch itself.
Manohar Bhat the vice president and head of sales and marketing at Kia Motors India talked about the overwhelming response of the public to the Seltos SUV and stated,
Getting such an overwhelming response from customers across the 160 cities where we are present, makes us elated. It is a remarkable feat and is a testament to Kia’s unparalleled & extraordinary brand recognition and acceptability in India that our brand campaign has help us achieve. Our mid-SUV, the Seltos is BSVI compliant from day 1 and is available in both petrol and diesel, with both Manual and Automatic options in all powertrains, it makes it an attractive proposition. We are committed to the Indian market and to delivering the best and class leading products. With our most modern automotive plant having 3 lakh capacity, we are fully prepared to make on time deliveries and uphold the trust our customers have shown in us.
Upon launch, Kia Seltos will lock horns with Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the Jeep Compass in India. The Seltos was first presented in the Indian market and it will be subsequently launched across the world as well because it is a global vehicle. Kia will make the car at its Anantapur plant and will export it across the world.
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.
Coming to 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.