The Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition has finally launched in India. For the distinct pleasure of owning this special edition of the Seltos, Kia will happily charge you an extra Rs 41,000 over and above the standard HTX trim. Prices commence at Rs 13.75 lakh for the variant with the manual gearbox and a petrol engine, while the CVT variant comes in at Rs 14.75 lakh. And finally, the diesel variant of the Anniversary Edition with the manual gearbox is priced at Rs 14.85 lakh. All these are ex-showroom prices, of course. As mentioned in one of our earlier articles, this unique iteration of the Kia Seltos exists to mark the nameplate’s first anniversary since its debut in India. While the South Korean marque planned to unveil the Anniversary Edition in August, that didn’t come to fruition.
The Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition gets a few touches to help it create its own identity within the line-up. Beginning with the exterior, the front fascia sports a silver faux skid plate, and bright tangerine surrounds the fog lamps. The rear also comes with tangerine rings for the faux exhaust tips while receiving a faux skid plate with some fancy aero fins and a ‘1st Anniversary Edition’ badge on the tailgate. The side profile adds to the visuals by featuring distinctive all-black Raven alloy wheels with tangerine surrounds on the center caps, plus custom side skirts that house their tangerine inserts. The Seltos Anniversary Edition is offered in four different color choices – there is monotone Aurora Black Pearl and dual-tone Glacier White Pearl with Aurora Black Pearl. There is dual-tone Gravity Grey with Aurora Black Pearl and dual-tone Steel Silver with Aurora Black Pearl. Both of these paint schemes are specific to the Anniversary Edition.
Inside the cabin, the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition looks quite sporty as it features an all-black Raven theme (for the most part). Everything from the faux leather seats (with their distinctive honeycomb pattern), door pads, and dashboard are all bathed in black. Apart from that, the rest of the interior here is almost identical to the HTX trim of the regular Seltos. Kia has done a great job with the interior of the Seltos, as most of the areas you would touch feel well-made and well put-together. The seats provide ample amounts of support and are reasonably comfortable, while the windows are reasonably expansive as well. Coming on to its features list, the Seltos Anniversary Edition gets automatic LED headlamps, an electric sunroof, auto-folding & power-operated door mirrors, keyless entry, and tilt & telescopic multi-function steering wheel.
The Seltos also comes with automatic climate control, electrochromic rearview mirror, ambient LED mood lighting, push-button engine start, cruise control, a 10.25-inch touch-infotainment unit with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and built-in navigation, and a 6-speaker Arkamys premium audio system. In terms of its safety kit, the Anniversary Edition is equipped with parking sensors and a rearview camera, ABS with EBD, and dual front airbags as standard. You also get all-round disc brakes (diesel variant only) and a tire-pressure monitor. As for practicality, the Seltos has a boot space of 433 litres with all seats in place.
Just as with the HTX variant, the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition is also offered with two powertrain options. You get to choose between a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel – the former can be had with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. Meanwhile, the oil burner is only available with the 6-speed manual transmission. In terms of their output, the petrol motor is rated at 113hp and 144Nm, whilst the diesel mill shows up with a similar 113hp but a healthy 250Nm of torque. Competition-wise, the Kia Seltos goes up against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, and Nissan Kicks. As standard, Kia offers customers with a 3-year/unlimited kilometer warranty and 3-year 24/7 roadside assistance.