Kia Seltos makes its world debut in India; Brand’s first product for the country

Kia Motors hosted the world premiere of its first car for India – Kia Seltos. The SUV oozes contemporary and stylish design with plush and spacious interiors.

2019 Kia Seltos Front Quarter

The vehicle boasts many world, India and segment firsts with class-leading safety features, making the vehicle capable to disrupt the segment and create a niche for itself. Originally slated for India, the vehicle hosts world-class design, quality and features and now will also be available in global markets from the 4th quarter of 2019.

The Kia Seltos comes equipped with Smartstream which is the newly developed third generation BS VI compliant powertrain for high efficiency and powerful performance. The Seltos, by offering BSVI diesel and petrol engines, reiterates Kia Motors’ commitment towards offering cleaner mobility solution.

The vehicle will come in petrol, turbo-petrol and diesel guise and will be offered in three automatic transmission options – IVT, (Intelligent continuously variable transmission) 7-DCT, 6-AT and, along with 6-Speed Manual transmission.

To further elevate the driving experience the Seltos gets multiple driving modes that alter the responsiveness of the car and transforms the car’s driving character optimizing the performance on all conditions. Drivers can choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode.

The Eco mode is tuned to maximise vehicle range by using fuel-saving measures, while Sport mode increases responses from the steering and electric motor to maximise the dynamic driving feel of the car. Normal mode provides a careful balance between the two. It also comes equipped with multiple grip controls. Drivers can choose from mud, wet and sand mode depending on road condition.

A Kia hallmark, the design is intricately woven into the brand’s DNA and is definitely the talking point of the Seltos whose design is a collaborative effort of Kia’s global design centres that did extensive research on the current and upcoming trends of car design around the world and tailored it for the Indian market.

The design of the Kia Seltos is set to spark conversations and turn heads wherever it goes. Kia’s very first product for India flaunts a bold, distinctive and dynamic design. The mid-SUV sports a wide Tiger nose grille, one of the most unique and recognizable design elements of Kia Motors’ world-class design philosophy.

The robust design character of a conventional SUV co-exists with sophisticated exterior design details and is drawn out from real life inspirations, such as a long hood, a robust and sophisticated character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork. Its strong shoulder line, matched with a glasshouse, which tapers towards the rear of the car, as well as rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness.

The Kia Seltos will be available in 8 colour combinations and 5 two-tone colour options. By using different colours and two-tone roof combinations, customers can select their car based on their tastes.

2019 Kia Seltos Rear Quarter

Other unique design features of the Seltos includes Crown Jewel LED headlamps, Kia Signature Heartbeat shape LED DRL & tail lamps, Ice cube LED Fog lamps, 3D Multilayer Side turn indicator, Diamond shape knurling on front grille, Well-designed Lower Air dam & Bumper, Dual muffler design on rear bumpers and Bridge chrome line on rear.

The all-new Kia Seltos comes equipped with the globally famous UVO connect, an advanced connected car technology which offers an array of convenience and safety features. The UVO boasts 37 smart features under five distinct categories i.e. Navigation, Safety and Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience. The UVO facility will be free for the first three years for its users.

The UVO will include features such as AI Voice Command, Stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization, Auto Collision Notification, SOS-emergency assistance etc., Remote engine start & stop, Remotely operated Air Purifier and In-Car Air Quality Monitor and Safety alert (Geo fence, Time Fence, Speed, Valet, Idle).

Kia has paid utmost attention to ensure that every drive in the Seltos is relaxing and safe. It offers a full range safety which includes, active, passive, health safety, security and maintenance. 6 Airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Brake System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), Traction control system, BAS (Brake-Assist System), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control).

The SUV is built on robust structure, which has a high usage of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) that fortifies the Seltos’s core and keeps the occupants safe in an event of a crash.

Additionally, the front and rear parking sensors, blind view monitor ensures that the visibility of unseen vehicles is not compromised, giving the driver confidence at all times. Working in tandem with the safety tech, the Seltos comes equipped with an array of advanced UVO connected car technology features.

2019 Kia Seltos Side

The UVO technology can be summoned via a dedicated button on the IRVM. The IRVM also has dedicated roadside assistance and SOS button that alert the dedicated call centre– in case of an emergency.The car is fitted with an Anti-lock Braking System, a Traction Control System, a Brake-Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors, for assistance when parking.

Safety being central to all Kia products, the Seltos, also gets rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps, thus allowing the driver to focus more on the road conditions ahead. It also gets a 360-degree camera with Blind View Monitor and driving rearview monitor (DRVM) along with Rear & Front Parking Sensor.

Kia aims to reach out to every possible customer and provide the best possible care for them even in the remotest corners of the country. The company plans to begin retail sales with the highest number of touchpoints for any new car entrant in India. The company will cater to its customers through 265 Customer touch points owned by Kia authorised dealer partners, spread across 160 cities.

As part of the company’s customer-centric strategy, on/offline sales system will be available from day one of sales, while digitalizing the entire customer journey from sales to services, including the introduction of digital showrooms. As Kia Motors India proceed further, the company is all set to increase the number of its touchpoints and committed to offer its service to even tier 4 markets along with tier 1,2 and 3.


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