The Kia Seltos is set to arrive in India, competing against rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, Grand Vitara, and the upcoming Honda Elevate. Kia is expected to introduce certain updates to the Seltos, and here are some of the new changes one can anticipate on the 2023 model’s facelift.
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1. Captivating looks
It’s officially confirmed how will Kia make changes in the facelift of the Seltos. Some notable features include a new front grille and connected LED Taillamps. One can also expect Kia to offer a new set of alloy wheels on the facelifted variants of the car.
2. Panoramic Sunroof
The popularity of the Hyundai Creta and the Grand Vitara can be attributed to their inclusion of a panoramic sunroof, which has become a highly sought-after feature. The addition of a panoramic sunroof to any car tends to significantly boost its sales. Equipping the 2023 Kia Seltos with a panoramic sunroof holds the potential to surpass the Creta in terms of sales. This attention-grabbing feature captivates customers and is anticipated to be included in the facelifted version of the Seltos.
3. ADAS systems
Having ADAS in a car contributes a lot to the improvement of safety. There are situations when a driver loses focus and accidents occur at the same time ADAS must be introduced in at least ie premium cars to reduce the probability of accidents. Kia will most probably offer Level-1 ADAS systems in India. At this level, one will get some features like adaptive cruise control and some more features in the car.
4. Fully Digital Instrument Cluster
Earlier, the facelifted model received a fully digital instrument cluster that was launched in foreign markets. Since the Indian market is mature in terms of technology, one can expect that this feature will also make its way into the Indian facelifted variants. Some popular SUVs like the Mahindra XUV700 and even the Tata Safari facelift come with such features. Kia Seltos facelift will also get this feature and this is one of the expected features to make its way into the Indian model.
5. New Turbocharged engine
Kia Carens was the first product that received the newly launched turbocharged engine. The same engine also powers Hyundai Alcazar and the Hyundai Verna. A good thing about this engine is that Kia and Hyundai will locally assemble this engine in India. Notably, there would be an increase in performance with an increase in the power and torque figures. One will get to witness 163 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque from the engine.
6. Intelligent Manual Transmission
The high maintenance costs associated with manual cars, primarily due to clutch issues, can pose a challenge. In bustling city traffic, drivers seek a vehicle that combines both excitement and convenience. Kia has shown promise by offering intelligent manual variants in India, as seen with the Kia Carens and select petrol and diesel models. Kia enthusiasts anticipate the introduction of the transmission for the Kia Seltos Turbo petrol variant, which would further enhance its appeal.
7. Standard Safety features
Global NCAP surprised many with the safety rating of the Kia Seltos, awarding it only 3 stars for adult occupant safety. The test focused on the lower variant available in the Indian market, which was equipped with dual airbags. Kia has responded to this concern by announcing their intention to standardize 6 airbags across all Seltos variants. Anticipations are high that the upcoming facelifted version of the Seltos will attain improved ratings in Global NCAP tests.
These were some of the changes that one can expect with the 2023 Kia Seltos. We would love to hear from you about your expectations from the facelifted Kia Seltos in India.