2023 Kia Seltos facelift makes India debut


Exactly a year ago, the Kia Seltos facelift made its debut in its home market in Korea, followed by the debut of its North American version in November 2022. Well, now it’s time for the Indian market to receive the honor of a “badass” facelift. Bookings will open from July 14, 2023, but the marketing team has come-up with a genius idea of ‘K-Code’. What is it? Well, you gotta reach out to an existing Seltos owner (it could be your relatives/friends/neighbors) and ask them to generate this code via the MyKia app (by entering the VIN or reg. number). And if you manage to get this code, you’re eligible for a “priority delivery”.

If you’ve seen the facelift already (twice), there isn’t much to talk about here. The GT Line seems to be getting dual exhaust finishers with real exhaust pipes piercing through this time around, as opposed to fake ones in the outgoing model. Buyers get to choose from 6 trims: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+ and GTX+. There’ll also be an X-Line variant that slots above the GT-Line.

Key exterior highlights depending on the trim include Crown Jewel LED headlights with Star Map LED sweeping light guides; Star Map LED connected taillights; sequential turn signals; a dual-pane panoramic sunroof; Ice Cube LED fog lights, and 18-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels.

The color palette includes 8 monotone (including a new Pewter Olive paint), two dual-tone and a matte Graphite paint (X-Line exclusive).

Inside, depending on the trim, you get a wide panel that houses a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen; front ventilated seats with 8-way power driver’s seat; 8-inch head-up display; dual-zone climate control; 8-speaker Bose audio system; voice commands; Amazon Alexa connectivity, and more.

As for safety, you get 6 airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS, Brake Assist, ESC, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, and rear parking sensors as standard across the range. If you purchase GTX+, you get ADAS Level 2 functionalities which include Forward Collision Warning & Forward Collision Avoidance Assist; Lane Departure Warning; Lane Keep Assist & Lane Following Assist; Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go; Leading Vehicle Departure Alert; High Beam Assist; Driver Attention Warning; Safe Exit Warning; Blind Spot Collision Warning; Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist; Rear Cross Traffic Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist.

As for the powertrain options, the existing lineup will continue, which include an 84.5 kW (115 metric hp) 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol with 6-MT or CVT (branded as IVT), a 118 kW (160 metric hp) 1.5L turbo petrol with 6-iMT or 7-DCT and an 85.5 kW (116 metric hp) 1.5L turbo diesel with 6-iMT or 6-AT.

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