India Today : Jun 21, 2019, 11:39 AM
Kia Seltos made its world premiere in India on June 20. Boasting of several impressive features and an exceptional design, the upcoming compact SUV is sure to take the segment by storm. Now that the vehicle has been unveiled, people are curious to know when it will be introduced? While the South Korean automobile major has not revealed the exact launch date, it has said that Seltos will be available in global markets from the fourth quarter of 2019.The compact SUV is expected to be priced in India between Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom). While it will be involved in a direct tussle with Hyundai Creta, the challenge will also come from players like Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, Tata Harrier and MG Hector.Like the recently launched Hyundai Venue and the upcoming MG Hector, Kia Seltos has connected car technology in the form of UVO. There are 37 smart features related to navigation, vehicle management, remote control, safety and security and convenience.The new Seltos is being offered with several BSVI (BS6) compliant engines, one of them being a 1.4 Turbo GDI petrol motor and mated to a 7-speed DCT. There are other petrol and diesel mills also, but the exact details are not out yet. However, we do know that the compact SUV will have gearbox options like IVT (Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission), 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual.Talking about the exterior details of Kia Seltos, the compact SUV features a tiger-nose grille upfront with LED headlamps, DRLs and fog lamps. At the rear, there are LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes. One will get features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen audio video navigation system, 8-speaker Bose sound system, multifunction steering wheel, 8-inch heads up display, cruise control and push-button start/stop, among others, inside the spacious cabin of the vehicle.Safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), TCS (Traction control system), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), BAS (Brake-Assist System), 360-degree camera and rear and front parking sensors.