seltos: Kia Motors unveils mid-size SUV Seltos with BS-VI engine, Auto News, ET Auto
Kia Seltos will be a direct competition to the likes of Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV 500 and Tata Harrier. It is expected to price between 11 to 17 lakhs.
The Seltos comes equipped with Smartstream, a third-generation powertrain developed for high efficiency and powerful performance.
Originally slated for India, the vehicle offers good design, quality and features and now will also be available in global markets from the 4th quarter of 2019.
Commenting on the occasion Han Woo Park, CEO & President, Kia Motors Corporation, said, “India is crucial market for Kia Motors overall growth story and will play an important role in expanding our global footprint. India is a diverse country with the distinct driving condition across the country and hence it was crucial to introduce a vehicle which is perfect in every sense.”
“We are excited to pursue our India journey with Kia Seltos which is crafted and built keeping in mind the Indian customers and their needs. We believe that Seltos is all set to propel Kia into becoming one of India’s prominent automobile players in the years to come. Globally, the world premiere of the Seltos is an important milestone for Kia as it shows our commitment to the Indian market. This is just the beginning as we have many surprises for the 4th largest auto market in the world.” he added
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 introduction of digital showrooms.
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) 7DCT, 6AT and, along with 6 Speed Manual transmission – giving users options to choose the combo that conforms to their driving style.
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.