Back in August 2019, Kia Motors India, the local subsidiary of the premium South Korean carmaker, initiated its Indian innings with the launch of the Seltos. The Kia Seltos pretty much helped the new entrant establish itself well in the market and even managed to quickly outsell every other model in the segment. Not just this, the Seltos even helped the brand reach the 1 lakh cumulative sales figure in a short time period of just 11 months.
However, all said and done, the Kia Seltos started receiving some heat as soon as the second-generation Hyundai Creta entered our market. With the launch of the all-new Hyundai SUV, the Seltos was quick to lose its numero uno status and is hence, no longer the largest-selling car in its segment. Still. there’s no denying the high popularity of the SUV and there are still thousands of buyers who put their money on this rather premium compact SUV every month. In line with this, in August 2020, Kia Seltos recorded a sales figure of 10,655 units. This, in turn, has corresponded to a 71 per cent growth on the YoY basis from 6,236 units sold in the same month of last year.
From this, it’s also clear that even though eh Kia Seltos might have lost its top position to its cousin, the Hyundai Creta, it’s still one of the most popular models in its category. The Seltos has even been a regular in the list of top-10 selling cars in India every month. Even in August, the Kia Seltos took the seventh place in this coveted list. Also, it was the second-best-selling SUV in the country, just behind the Hyundai Creta but ahead of the likes of Hyundai Venue and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
The Kia Seltos has been on sale in the country with three engine options – 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol. Both 1.5-litre units output 115 PS each, while the turbo-petrol mill offers a whopping 140 PS. The base petrol engine offers 144 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel mill offers 250 Nm. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit is placed only a shade lower to the diesel mill in the torque states with a peak output of 242 Nm.
The Kia Seltos is on sale in two trims – Tech Line and GT Line. The latter offers a sportier styling package with several red accents strewn both inside and out for a racier appeal. Also, compared to the black-beige interior of the Tech Line models, the GT Line versions offer an all-black theme. The top-spec models also offer a host of upmarket features, including 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO connected-car tech, an electric sunroof ambient lighting, front ventilated seats, power adjustable driver’s seat, an air purifier blind-view monitor, head up display, front parking sensors as well as a 360-degree camera.
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