2020 Kia Seltos features list include ‘Hello Kia’ voice command, remote engine start, air purifier, better materials & more
Kia Motors India made its debut back in August 2019 with the launch of the Seltos compact crossover (or ‘mid-size SUV’ in Indian terms). For a new player on the market, the South Korean brand has recorded appreciable sales figures in each passing month, with just two products in its portfolio: Seltos and Carnival. However, the past couple of months were not rewarding to global automotive industries due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the Indian market witnessed a never-before-seen domestic sales count of zero units in April 2020.
As India inches towards the end of its fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown protocols, automotive facilities (plants, dealerships, service outlets, etc.) in green and orange zones have been allowed to operate with adherence to recommended safety guidelines. Kia Motors India has also opened its sales network but, like at every other dealership, visitors’ count remains substantially low. In the meantime, online sales platforms have started to pick up as part of the ‘new normals’.
Now, the Kia Seltos has received an update for its 2020 model year (2020MY). The list of changes are rather subtle and mostly pertains to interior features and equipment. Certain features that previously came only in higher trims have filtered down to lesser choices of HT or Tech Line. A brief summary of additions and carryovers is given below:
Notable highlights include remote engine start, emergency stop signal, all-black interiors (with red accents), metal garnishes, etc. The entry-level HTE and HTK receive USB charging while the mid-level HTX (as well as the higher GTX) boasts of a sunroof in 2020MY format. The Kia Seltos continues to come in seven trims across two styling packages: Tech Line (HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX & HTX+) and GT Line (GTX & GTX+). Video credit The Car Guide – Rishabh Arora youtube channel.
In stock format, the Kia Seltos is a good-looking product with typical Korean aesthetics. The GT Line has some overboard styling bits but nothing close to what was done to a 1.6-litre turbo petrol example from its home market.
There are no changes to its mechanical department. With a total of over 20 variants to choose from (including dual-tone options), the Kia Seltos is available in three powertrains: 1.5-litre NA petrol (113bhp/145Nm), 1.5-litre diesel (113bhp/250Nm) and 1.4-litre turbo petrol (138bhp/242Nm). The engines can be opted with a CVT, 6-speed AT or 7-speed DCT, respectively while a 6-speed manual transmission is standard across the range. The Kia Seltos shares its platform with Hyundai Motor India’s 2020MY Creta which also comes with similar powertrain choices.