The Kia Seltos arrived on our shores just last year, and it has already become one of the best-selling cars in India. The market for subcompact crossover SUVs has exploded in the past few years, and automakers have taken note of the rising demand for such vehicles. One of the many companies that have mastered this segment is none other than South Korea’s auto giant Kia Motors. The Kia Seltos is, in many ways, one of the aptest products to be launched to cater to its target audience. To continue with its market proliferation and rope in even more buyers, the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition is on its way. As the name suggests, the Seltos Anniversary Edition commemorates the model’s one year in India. And if you like exclusivity, you would be happy to know that the Seltos Anniversary Edition will be available only for a limited time period.
While the upcoming Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition will be a special edition, it won’t be an entirely new variant. You see, underneath, the Anniversary Edition is going to be based on the HTX trim of the standard Seltos. However, if you want to, you can go to a Kia dealership and place a pre-order booking for this special edition Seltos. Kia hasn’t confirmed the price of their upcoming offering, but you can expect the Seltos Anniversary Edition to cost an additional Rs 25,000 or so over the regular HTX trim. At the time of writing, the standard Kia Seltos HTX variant starts from Rs 13.34 lakh (ex-showroom). So what do you get for that extra chunk of cash that the Anniversary Edition demands?
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For starters, do note that the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition is mechanically identical to the HTX trim that it is based on. This means that this limited-run variant is an entirely cosmetic exercise. Two exclusive paint jobs will be offered with the Anniversary Edition – including a grey theme with a black roof and a silver theme with a black roof. Beyond this, the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition will boast sportier-looking front & rear faux skid plates and an obligatory ‘1st Anniversary Edition’ insignia on the tailgate. Also, the fake exhaust tips surround for the front fog lamps, Kia logo on the wheels, and inserts on the side skirts are now all finished in a special orange paint. And the all-black 17-inch alloy wheels of the Anniversary Edition look pretty dope, too. All in all, this special edition Seltos is longer than the regular variants by 60mm.
Of course, the extra length won’t give you any extra room on the inside of the Seltos Anniversary Edition. This is because all that added length comes from the bumpers now being bigger than before. The changes that have been carried out on the interior of the Anniversary Edition aren’t too many. In fact, the only identifiable difference in the cabin of this Seltos is its all-black finish. So, the leatherette seats (with their honeycomb pattern) are all-black, the door pads are all-black, and the dash is almost all-black too. This is in stark contrast to the more lively and airy dual-tone interior of the standard Kia Seltos HTX. In terms of its features, the Anniversary Edition comes with smart-key entry with push-button start, LED headlamps & tail lamps, power sunroof, cruise control, LED mood lighting, and a 10.25-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
The Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition comes with either a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel mill. While the petrol unit belts out 113hp and 144Nm of torque, the oil burner develops a similar 113hp but has 250Nm of torque to boot. Transmission choices on the Anniversary Edition include a 6-speed manual gearbox (both petrol and diesel) and a CVT (petrol only). Being a modern-day Kia, the Seltos has always fared well when it came to its build quality and the general fit-and-finish. Of course, there are some tacky feeling plastic bits in this cabin, but they aren’t obtrusive in any way. Technically, the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition would have made more sense if it was launched in August (the actual one-year anniversary), but we all know what the Covid-19 pandemic did.