Kia may launch facelifted Seltos in 1 or 2 years – considering the usual cycle of facelifts in the industry
Kia entered India in 2019 by launching the Seltos mid-size SUV. This became an instant recipe for success for the South Korean car brand. The SUV is generating strong sales volume on a consistent basis. Since Hyundai is already developing a facelift for the Creta, it might not be a bad idea for Kia to give a makeover to the Creta’s cousin.
As we already know that both Seltos and Creta share the same DNA as they are based on the same architecture. However, the current generation Creta will make its debut after the Seltos and will probably get a facelift next year. Kia wouldn’t want to be left behind as regular updates are vital to the longevity of a product, especially in a tumultuous market like India.
Automotive rendering artist Pratyush Raut has created a design render of the facelifted Seltos that shows the mid-size crossover in a new avatar. The exterior design of this render is highly inspired by the new generation Sportage which has been developed at the core of the company’s new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’.
2022 Kia Seltos Facelift – Updated Exterior Styling
The crossover made its global debut earlier this year with subtle changes in styling based on different markets. The digitally-imagined Seltos takes design cues from the Sportage here, with the single slat vents below the bonnet line being the most striking resemblance.
Up front, the grille gets a similar 3D effect with a glossy black finish, which is surrounded by C-shaped LED DRLs on both the sides. The DRLs are surrounded by a separate LED headlamp cluster which is reminiscent of the ones seen in the recently launched XUV700.
The 2022 Kia Seltos facelift SUV gets a muscular front bumper with tri-beam LED fog lamps on each side, a faux silver colored skid plate and a wide air dam. With the side profile, things mostly intact, with similar black cladding around the wheel arches and door sills and similar creases on the body panels. The difference in profile is in the alloy wheel design. Also, the gloss black finish on the exteriors gives the crossover a premium appeal.
Other styling highlights include chrome stripes and door cladding on the roof rails, chrome embellished door handles and window sills. Being a feature-rich car, the Seltos facelift may only have a few extra additions to its equipment. However, Kia can give a new layout to its interior.
Engine, Transmission Options
No changes are likely in the powertrain department and the Seltos will continue to get three engine options currently on offer. These include 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit, 1.5-litre CRDi diesel unit and 1.4-litre GDi turbo petrol mill. Transmission options include 6-speed manual, 6-speed IMT, 6-speed torque converter, IVT and 7-speed DCT.