May 30, 2024
AutomotiveNews

Unveiling the Revamped Kia Seltos: A Facelift for the Popular SUV in India

Kia India proudly presented the facelifted Kia Seltos to its audience today, breathing new life into the much-loved SUV, nearly four years after its initial launch in August 2019. The rejuvenated Seltos, which now includes the previously discontinued turbo-petrol engine among its various enhancements, will be open for bookings from July 14.

Exterior Design of the Refreshed Seltos

The revamped Seltos adorns a slightly larger bumper, body-coloured inserts in the fog lamp housing, and redesigned headlights. The new LED daytime running lamps now extend into the grille, giving a more unified look, and the fog lamps now sport a unique four-block design.

The facelift introduces 18-inch, dual-tone alloy wheels that were once exclusive to the X Line trim. The Seltos also flaunts new inverted L-shaped tail-lights, a feature seen on many new Kia models, linked by an LED light bar, and sequential turn indicators. The placement of the reverse light shifts from the tail-light housing to the redesigned bumper. Additionally, the tailgate design has been refreshed, reducing the number of chrome components compared to the previous model.

Furthermore, Kia has introduced a new colour option for the Seltos – Pewter Olive. With this addition, the Seltos facelift is now available in nine solid colours and two dual-tone colours.

Interior Updates and Feature Enhancements

Inside, the Seltos facelift boasts a dual-screen setup with two 10.25-inch displays, one serving as a digital instrument cluster and the other as a touchscreen infotainment system. The centre console has been refreshed, featuring thinner AC vents and a redesigned panel for HVAC and media controls.

The interiors have also seen some colour updates. The X Line trim now has a new sage green colour, while the GT Line variants feature a fresh black and white theme.

In terms of features, the facelifted Seltos comes packed with an array of enhancements. These include a 360-degree camera, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, 8-inch heads-up display, electronic parking brake, rain-sensing wipers, and a Bose-tuned 8-speaker system with sound mood lamps. Safety-wise, the Seltos includes 17 ADAS functions like forward collision warning assist, blind spot collision warning, lane keep assist, six airbags as standard, a tyre pressure monitoring system, ESC, and Hill Assist Control.

Engine Options

The Seltos facelift retains the 115hp, 144Nm, 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 116hp, 250Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine. The petrol engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a CVT, while the turbo-diesel version is offered with a 6-speed iMT and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The highlight, however, is the reintroduction of the turbo-petrol engine. Replacing the older 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, the new 1.5-litre unit provides 160hp and 253Nm of torque, which is a significant increase from the previous engine’s performance. The updated engine can be paired with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

In conclusion, the facelifted Seltos continues Kia’s tradition of delivering vehicles with stylish designs and high-tech features. It promises to meet the evolving needs of the modern car buyer and will likely continue to be a top choice for SUV enthusiasts in India.

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