Kia Seltos – the elegant badass gets a facelift!

KIA unveils the KIA Seltos facelift in India finally. It includes numerous new improvements in addition to the return of the turbo-petrol engine. The KIA Seltos makeover will accept reservations beginning on July 14.

The GT Line and X Line trims on the facelifted KIA Seltos receive a new Pewter Olive colour.

Additionally, the KIA Seltos also receives a facelift with 16 ADAS features.

Although the SUV underwent a facelift globally in 2022, the KIA Seltos was first introduced in India in August 2019. It has now undergone a midlife refresh after almost four years. Since the KIA Seltos’ release, more than five lakh units have been sold, according to Kia. 

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Kia Seltos facelift – Design

The KIA Seltos facelift receives upgrades over the preceding model. It gets slightly wider bumper body-colored inserts in the housing for the fog lamps. Further, it gets headlights with new LED DRLs that extend into the grille and the fog lamps’ four-block design. 

Also, it gets 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, which were previously only available on the X Line level. An LED light bar connects the new inverted L-shaped taillights on the KIA Seltos facelift. Surprisingly, the taillight is similar to those on many new Kia cars.

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Additionally, the KIA Seltos features sequential turn indicators. The reverse light has been relocated from the housing of the taillights to the updated bumper. Also, the SUV’s tailgate has less chrome than the previous design. 

Pewter Olive is one of eight new solid hues. Also, KIA is introducing two new dual-tone colours to the KIA Seltos facelift’s colour palette. The GT Line and X Line receive a slightly different body package than the Tech Line trims. Markedly, the turbo-petrol trims receive dual exhaust tips.

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KIA Seltos facelift – Interior and Features

The interior of the KIA Seltos makeover now features a dual-screen setup with two 10.25-inch monitors. One is the touchscreen infotainment system, and the other is the digital instrument cluster. 

KIA updates the center console also, with slimmer AC vents and a new HVAC and media panel. While the GT Line variations get a new black-and-white interior motif. The X Line trim gets a new sage green tint for the interior.

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A 360-degree camera, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an 8-inch heads-up display, an automated parking brake, rain-sensing wipers, and an 8-speaker Bose audio system with sound mood lights are new amenities entering the Seltos facelift.

17 ADAS features, such as lane assist, front collision warning aid, and blind spot collision warning, are now part of the safety features. Additionally, it comes equipped with an ESC, Hill Assist Control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and six airbags.

Kia Seltos facelift – Engine

115 hp and 144 Nm is the power and torque figures of the 1.5-liter petrol engine. And, 116 hp and 250 Nm is the power and torque figures of the 1.5-liter diesel engine.

While the petrol version is available with a 6-speed iMT and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the diesel only comes with a 6-speed manual or a CVT.

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Kia with the Seltos facelift, will now use the 1.5-litre unit instead of the previous 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine. It was withdrawn in March 2023 as it cannot fulfill BS6 Phase 2 emissions requirements. The 160 horsepower and 253 Nm of torque produced by the new 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine are 20 horsepower and 11 Nm greater than the outgoing turbo-petrol engine. A 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are both in option with the new engine. 

Kia Seltos facelift – rivals

The Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and the Honda Elevate and Citroen C3 Aircross are competitors of the Seltos facelift.

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