Kia Motors Corporation, commonly known as Kia Motorsheadquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor company, with sales of over 3.3 million vehicles almost each year. Kia is mainly into the business of automobiles, Luxury vehicles, performance vehicles and commercial vehicles. Kia has been in the automotive market since 75 years now and not yet started their dealings in India. But, there is a good news for all those Kia fans out there in India. Kia is finally going to start their dealership in India, and their first car being the Kia Seltos. Kia is a sub-company and its parent company being Hyundai. So, there will be many factors shared by both these companies from design to engine. It took very long for Kia to make its start in India after knowing the fact that Hyundai is one of the brands with the highest sales in India.
Talking about the Kia Seltos, it will be a bold new SUV which will be bigger than the Hyundai Creta making it clearly a fully grown SUV which should be competing with the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson making it difficult for any car to make entry, as all the above mentioned cars have made a substantial mark in the segment. Kia will be very keen into making their debut in the Indian market, because if you get successful in a country like India you are definitely going to make huge profits as the population here is more compared to that of other countries. For that, Kia has to price their vehicles smartly and not give an inch of a chance for their competitors to take the pricing advantage. Also, Kia should know the correct marketing plan and execute it correctly as advertising is very vital in a country like India in order to spread the news like wild fire.
From the outside, the Kia Seltos measures in at 4,315mm in length, 1,800mm in width and 1,620mm in height. In terms of size the Seltos is longer and wider than the Hyundai Creta, but isn’t quite as tall the Creta stands 1,665mm tall (with roof rails). The Seltos will feature Kia’s characteristic tiger nose grille and distinctive twin five-spoke alloy wheel design. The highlights of the Seltos SUV in terms of design is its sharp shoulder line, along with a long and dynamic hood that compliments the LED headlamps. As for the rear, the SUV features a chrome strip running across the tailgate and connects the taillights. The vehicle will get a plastic body cladding that runs from front to the wheel arches and goes all the way up to the rear bumper giving the Seltos a more rugged appearance.
From the inside, the Kia Seltos is expected to get a floating 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, personalized ambient lighting, leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronic parking brake, and passenger grab handle. Along with, a head-up display, 360-degree surround-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and there will be at least two interior colour schemes on offer, all-black and beige-and-black. Also part of the package will be Kia’s UVO Connect connectivity suite, which will include features such as AI-based voice command, stolen vehicle tracking and immobilisation, safety alerts, remote engine start and stop, auto collision notification and remote control of the air purifier, among other things. On the safety kit front, the Kia Seltos will have six airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors and a blind spot view monitor.
Coming to the Kia Seltos’ engine options, on offer will be a 1.5-litre Smartstream petrol engine producing 115hp and 144Nm of torque, a 1.5-litre CRDi diesel making 115hp and 250Nm of torque and a 1.4-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol churning out 140hp and 242Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be available with all variants, and there will be an automatic option for each engine, a 6-speed torque convertor for the 1.5-litre diesel, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the 1.4 T-GDI and a CVT for the 1.5-litre petrol. All engine options are BS6-compliant, and are marginally less powerful than the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines that power the Creta.
The Kia Seltos’ India launch is set to take place in late-August, with bookings expected to open by mid-July. The expected Kia Seltos prices to range between Rs 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom) which means the on-road can go anywhere till Rs 23 lakhs making the Seltos an expensive car.