The Kia Seltos has bee launched in its first market - South Korea, with prices ranging from KRW 19.29-26.36 million (INR 11,28,299.39-15,41,833.69. Pre-bookings had commenced on 26 June, and within 16 days, by yesterday, 5,100 units had been pre-booked.
The South Korean-spec Kia Seltos is almost identical to the Indian-spec model seen in the video below. Its exterior features include signature tiger-nose grille, LED headlamps with 3D multilayer direction indicators, ice cube LED fog lamps, LED rear lights and skid plates. The only design element which differentiate them both is the presence of additional special black treatment on the side body of the model sold outside. Also, while the South Korean-spec model is available with 18-inch alloy wheels, the Indian-spec model settles for 17-inch alloy wheels.
Similarities are also carried over to the inside of the cabin as it gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO connectivity suite, head-up display, heated and ventilated seats, wireless phone charging and 8-speaker Bose sound system among others. Three interior colour options are available: black, plum and brown.
“Seltos has a strong design and high product quality, and will become a game-changer in the competitive small SUV market,” said Kia Motors Vice President Kwon Hyuk-ho commenting on the launch.
The South Korean-spec Kia Seltos measures 4,375 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width, 1,615 mm in height (1,600 mm without roof rails) and has a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. There are two engine options available: 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel. The petrol engine generates 177 PS of maximum power and 27.0 kg.m (264.7 Nm) of peak torque, while the diesel engine dishes out 136 PS of maximum power and 32.6 kg.m (319.70 Nm) of peak torque. A 7-speed DCT is standard, while a 4WD system is optional.
Kia Seltos - Prices (South Korea)
|1.6 Turbo Petrol||1.6 Diesel|
|Trendy||KRW 19.29 million (INR 11,28,299.39)||KRW 21.20 million (INR 12,40,017.99)|
|Prestige||KRW 22.38 million (INR 13,09,037.86)||KRW 24.30 million (INR 14,21,341.37)|
|Noblesse||KRW 24.44 million (INR 14,29,530.17)||KRW 26.36 million (INR 15,41,833.69)|