Kia Seltos facelift gets 6 variants, features revealed

    As before, the Seltos continues with three trim lines – Tech Line, GT Line and X-Line.

    Published On Jul 05, 2023 08:00:00 AM


    Kia Seltos facelift features

    Kia debuted the 2023 Seltos facelift in India yesterday, bookings of which are to commence from July 14. As before, the Seltos continues to be offered in three distinct trim lines – Tech Line, GT Line and X-Line. The Tech Line is further divided into five trims – HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+ – while the GT Line and X-Line comprise one trim each. Ahead of its launch later this month, here’s a run down of the powertrain line-up and features you get with each trim.

    1. Seltos gets 6 different powertrain configurations across 7 trims
    2. ADAS, 360-deg camera, 18-inch wheels limited to GT and X Line
    3. Bookings to commence from July 14

    Kia Seltos powertrain line-up explained

    Under the hood, the Seltos facelift continues with the 115hp, 144Nm, 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 116hp, 250Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine. The former gets a 6-speed manual or a CVT, while the latter is offered with a 6-speed iMT and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There’s also a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 160hp and 253Nm of torque, and comes mated to a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT gearbox.

    The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with the manual gearbox is available on the HTE, HTK, HTK+ and the HTX trims while the iMT gearbox is only available of the HTX trim. As for the 1.5-litre diesel engine, its available with an iMT gearbox as standard on all Tech Line trims – HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+ – while the torque converter automatic is offered on the HTX, GTX+ and X Line trims.

    Interesting, on the pre-facelift model, Kia offered the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine only on the GT Line and X Line trims. However, with the facelift, the new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with the iMT gearbox is available on the HTK+ and HTX+ trims, and with the 7-speed DCT gearbox, its available on the HTX+, GTX+ and X-Line trims. Here’s a table summarizing the powertrain lineup.

    Kia Seltos variants explained
    1.5 petrol MTYesYesYesYes
    1.5 petrol CVTYes
    1.5 turbo-petrol iMTYesYes
    1.5 turbo-petrol DCTYesYesYes
    1.5 diesel iMTYesYesYesYesYes
    1.5-diesel ATYesYesYes

    Kia Seltos variant-wise features explained


    Engine – 1.5-litre petrol MT, 1.5-litre diesel iMT

    • Halogen projector headlamps
    • R16 steel wheels with covers
    • Fabric seat upholstery
    • Digital instrument cluster with 4.2-inch MID
    • Tilt adjustable steering wheel
    • Power windows on all doors
    • Headlamp escort function
    • Rear window sunshades
    • Driver seat height adjustment
    • Rear AC vents


    Engine – 1.5-litre petrol MT, 1.5-litre diesel iMT

    • Roof rails
    • Projector fog lamps
    • Wing mirror-mounted turn signals
    • Electrically adjustable wing mirrors
    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
    • Steering mounted audio controls
    • 4 speakers + 2 tweeters
    • Bluetooth, USB A Type port
    • Front parking sensors
    • Rear parking camera


    Engine - 1.5-litre petrol MT, 1.5-litre diesel iMT, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol iMT

    • Panoramic sunroof (turbo-petrol only)
    • LED Daytime Running Lamps
    • R16 alloy wheels
    • LED interior lamps
    • Gloss black dashboard garnish
    • Leather wrapped gear knob
    • Push button start/stop
    • Automatic climate control
    • Rear washer/wiper
    • Rear defogger
    • Electrically folding wing mirrors
    • Cruise control


    Engine – 1.5-litre petrol MT, 1.5-litre petrol CVT, 1.5-litre diesel iMT, 1.5-litre diesel AT

    • Standard panoramic sunroof
    • Full-LED headlamps
    • LED connected tail lamps
    • Sequential LED turn indicators
    • LED fog lamps
    • Gloss black grille with knurled chrome surround
    • Chrome garnish on window line, door handles
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Dual-tone black and beige interior
    • Soft-touch dashboard
    • Leatherette seat upholstery
    • Leather wrapped steering wheel
    • Front centre armrest
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment
    • Wired Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
    • Connected car technology with OTA updates
    • Voice commands
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Ambient lighting
    • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel
    • All four power windows with auto up/down
    • 60:40 split/folding rear seats
    • Reclining function for rear seats
    • Rear centre armrest with cup holders
    • ISOFIX mounts
    • Paddle shifters (AT only)
    • Drive modes (AT only)
    • Traction control modes (AT only)


    Engine – 1.5-litre diesel MT, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol iMT, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol DCT

    • Gloss black rear spoiler
    • Soft-touch brown interior inserts
    • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
    • Wireless charger
    • Front ventilated seats
    • 8-way powered driver’s seat
    • 8-speaker Bose sound system


    Engine – 1.5-litre turbo-petrol DCT, 1.5-litre diesel AT

    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • GT-line specific front and rear bumpers
    • Dual exhaust tips (turbo-petrol only)
    • All black interior, upholstery with white inserts
    • GT Line logo on steering wheel with white stitching
    • Metal pedals
    • All-black roof lining
    • ADAS suite with 17 features
    • 360-degree camera
    • Electric parking brake with auto hold
    • Rain sensing wipers


    Engine – 1.5-litre turbo-petrol DCT, 1.5-litre diesel AT

    • Matte graphite grille with gloss black knurled surround
    • Gloss black wing mirrors
    • Matte graphite outside door handles skid plates
    • Gloss black front and rear
    • All-black interior with sage green inserts
    • Sage green leatherette upholstery
    • Orange stitching on steering wheel

    Standard safety features

    Notably, Kia is offering all safety features as standard on all variants of the Seltos. This includes six airbags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), hill-start assist, ABS, all-wheel disc brakes, TPMS, rear parking sensors, speed sensing auto door locks, and three-point seat belts for all passengers with reminder.

    Kia Seltos facelift launch timeline and rivals

    As mentioned earlier, prices for the Seltos are expected to be announced towards the end of this month. Upon launch, the Seltos facelift will continue to rival the Hyundai CretaMaruti Suzuki Grand VitaraToyota Urban Cruiser HyryderMG AstorVolkswagen TaigunSkoda Kushaq and the upcoming Honda Elevate and Citroen C3 Aircross

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    Kia Carnival discontinued; expected to return next year

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    unknown - 343 days ago

    Kia has it's hands on the pulse of market with the Seltos and if they price it reasonably which they will; I see this having the longest wait list of any automotive product in it's category till the facelifted Creta is launched.

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