The 2023 Kia Seltos SUV from Kia Motors is now available in India for Rs 10.89 lakh (ex-showroom, India). To comply with forthcoming pollution standards in the nation, this most recent model of the South Korean SUV now has new engines.
Starting with the powertrain, the 2023 Kia Seltos SUV foregoes the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine entirely. As a result, there are now only two engine options for the SUV: a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine.
The base 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine continues to produce 113bhp of peak power and 144Nm of peak torque and is available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT unit.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, on the other hand, now produces 115bhp of peak power and 250Nm of peak torque. This updated powertrain can now be ordered with either a 6-speed iMT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Having said that, Kia may soon introduce the newer 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine found in the 2023 Kia Carens MPV. However, it is unknown when Kia plans to introduce the Kia Seltos ‘1.5 Turbo’ in India. The top-spec version of the petrol-powered 2023 Kia Seltos SUV with manual transmission costs Rs 14.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India), while the automatic variant costs Rs 15.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The base ‘HTE’ variant of the Kia Seltos diesel, on the other hand, costs Rs 12.39 lakh (ex-showroom, India), while the top-spec X-Line trim with an automatic gearbox costs Rs 19.65 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
With the launch of the 2023 Kia Seltos SUV in India, we anticipate increased demand for the SUV from the South Korean automaker. Having said that, Kia could have introduced the Turbo variant to entice even more buyers.