The Seltos originally evolved from the SP Concept. The Seltos was the Korean carmaker’s first offering in India and since launch, has been rivaling the likes of the competitive midsize SUVs, like the Hyundai Creta. Both brands may share R&D, but they’re independent brands. Kia has now launched the Seltos Anniversary Edition at a starting price of ₹ 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Since the model has been around for a year now, Kia decided to launch this limited-edition variant.
The Kia cars gets some changes on the outside. The fog lights get orange accents on the borders, faux dual exhaust, side skirts and centre caps for the alloy wheels. At the rear, you will notice an orange 1st Anniversary Edition badge. At the front, it boasts of a new bumper with a silver-finished faux skid plate. There’s a silver diffuser at the back and silver cladding on the sides. The Raven Black Even the alloy wheels are identical to the ones on the HTX variant. Even the bumpers give the SUV some length. This edition will exclusively sold in two paint themes: Gravity Grey with Aurora Black Pearl and Steel Silver with Aurora Black Pearl. It will also be offered in Aurora Black Pearl and Glacier White Pearl with Aurora Black Pearl.
A breath of fresh air
The cabin of the Anniversary Edition model features an all-black theme while the dashboard gets black inserts on the dashboard and door cards. The leatherette seats get a honeycomb pattern. In terms of equipment, it gets LED headlights and tail lamps, sunroof, rear AC vents, keyless entry, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD. It even comes packed with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air purifier, six-speaker music system, ambient mood lighting, remote engine start and wireless charger.
This Anniversary Edition comes with the same engine options as the HTX variants. You can either opt for a 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 113bhp and 144Nm of torque, paired either to a CVT gearbox or a 6-speed manual. Then there is the option of a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 113bhp and 250Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The steering is light but weighs up at high speeds, and the suspension soak up the bumps effortlessly. It’s a great SUV for the city. The engine is refined and will power many of Kia’s upcoming models. Performance is good; power delivery is linear and the engine is very tractable. The gearbox works smoothly and clutch feels just right. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.