Kia Seltos GT Line will be powered by a 1.4L turbocharged GDI petrol engine producing 140 hp and 242 Nm and is mated to a seven-speed DCT
Kia Motors India is gearing to make a big impact with the Seltos mid-size SUV. Its bookings will start next month before officially going on sale in late August. The South Korean auto major is beginning its operations with 265 touchpoints in 160 cities – biggest for any debuting manufacturer.
The Seltos will compete against Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and the soon-launching MG Hector among others and is crucial in establishing the brand image domestically. Just as the Creta from its parental company Hyundai, Kia will be offering the Seltos in a wide range appealing to a big band of buyers.
The range-topping GT Line was also confirmed during the product presentation a few days ago and it will be powered by an exclusive engine. The 1.4-litre turbocharged GDi petrol powertrain will be mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 140 horsepower and 242 Nm of peak torque.
Expect the Kia Seltos GT Line to be priced at around Rs. 17 lakh (ex-showroom) and it will have cosmetic updated compared to the regular SUV. The GT Line is part of Kia’s global portfolio and is available across almost every model retailed elsewhere. The sportier take on the standard Seltos will be BSVI compliant right from the get-go, as the other two engines.
The Seltos GT Line will have exterior differentiators like red accents on the machined alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers while the interior will likely get its share of contrast updates to go in line with the bodily changes. Kia won’t sell the DCT in any other variants as the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel can be optioned out in CVT and six-speed torque converter AT respectively.
Kia produces the Seltos in its Anantapur facility in Andhra Pradesh and it will be exported to countries in Latin America, some parts of Asia as well as the Middle East. Four new products are planned within the next two years as Kia has invested 2 billion USD (Rs. 14,000 crore) with its vendor partners in its local operations and the plant has installed capacity of three lakh units per annum.