While everyone is expecting a Kia Seltos facelift to launch sometime soon, Kia has quietly upgraded the current variants of Seltos with 6 airbags. Earlier, only the HTX+, X-Line, GTX(O), and GTX+ variants of the Seltos offered 6 airbags. The prices of the base models have been hiked by Rs 30,000, with the Seltos line now starting at Rs 10.49 lakh.
Kia Seltos: New safety upgrades
The six airbags have been introduced across all Seltos variants, with the HTE, HTK, HTK+, and HTX trims being the latest to receive this safety upgrade. Kia Seltos started out by offering only 2 airbags as standard, which was later changed to 4 airbags as a part of the MY2022 update back in April. The decision to offer 6 airbags as standard across all variants aligns with the Indian govt.’s mandatory six airbag policy that is due to come into effect in October this year. This upgrade could also improve Seltos’ GNCAP rating.
Kia Seltos also comes with a host of other safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Brake Assist (BA), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Stability Management System (VSMS), and disc brakes on all four wheels. Other features include a 10.25 infotainment touchscreen, smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 360-degree camera, and an air purifier.
Kia Seltos is available in two petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine are capable of producing a maximum power of 140hp and 115hp with maximum torque of 242Nm and 144Nm respectively.
Kia also launched a facelift version of the Seltos in South Korea last month. The facelift is expected to arrive in India next month. Meanwhile, prices for the present Kia Seltos start at Rs 10.49 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 18.65 lakh. Kia Seltos rivals the likes of Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor, Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.