The Kia Seltos has managed get 6046 bookings on the first day of commencement of its official bookings. Take into account the fact that Hyundai Creta’s average monthly sales hovers around the 10,000 mark, and it will be safe to assume that the Seltos will be the first of the compact SUVs that may give the Creta a run for its money in terms of popularity.
Kia opened booking registers for the Seltos on 16 July. The SUV can be booked online as well as offline. The carmaker reports that 1628 out of the over 6000 bookings for the Seltos were placed online. While the Seltos is Kia’s first car in India, the South Korean car brand, which is also a Hyundai Motor Group company, is already present in 160 cities in India.
Kia has revealed that the Seltos will be available with three engine options: 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. All the engines will be available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. While the 1.5-litre petrol engine will be paired with a CVT, the 1.5-litre diesel will come with a torque converter. The turbo-petrol engine, on the other hand, will come equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Talk of features, and the Seltos will be equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an electric sunroof, a head-up display unit, drive modes, connected car tech and more.
The Seltos will be positioned in the compact SUV space against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur and Duster. In this segment, the Seltos will be the first SUV to get a 140+PS petrol engine. It will also be the first SUV in this space to get connected car tech and BS6 engines. Needless to say, the top-spec Seltos could very well be the most expensive compact SUV when it goes on sale in India on 22 August 2019. At present, the top-spec Creta costs Rs 15.65 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. SUVs like the Tata Harrier and MG Hector are one size bigger than the Seltos, although some of the variants of the Seltos will overlap with those of these SUVs on the price chart.
For more details, read the official Kia press release below:
Kia Seltos garners a record 6,046 bookings on the first day
Sets a new benchmark in Indian Automobile industry with first day bookings
More than six thousand customers have shown their trust in the brand, even before experiencing the car physically
New Delhi, 17th July 2019: Kia Motors, the world’s 8th largest auto manufacturer today revealed that the pre-bookings of the Seltos has generated an overwhelming response with 6,046 bookings on the first day itself. With record bookings on the first day itself, the company is already making waves in the auto industry with the yet to be launched Kia Seltos. These substantial pre-book numbers reflect customer confidence that the brand has been able to garner even prior to the launch.
The Kia site received around two lakh hits on 16th, from Kia online booking site alone is unprecedented, with 1,628 booking coming in just one day.
Kia Motors India commenced the pre-bookings of Seltos from July 16, 2019 across its dealerships in 160 cities in the country and has achieved this landmark figure within a single day.
Mr. Manohar Bhat, Vice President, and Head – Sales & Marketing, Kia Motors India said, “Getting such an overwhelming response from customers across the 160 cities where we are present, makes us elated. It is a remarkable feat and is a testament to Kia’s unparalleled & extraordinary brand recognition and acceptability in India that our brand campaign has help us achieve. Our mid-SUV, the Seltos is BSVI compliant from day 1 and is available in both petrol and diesel, with both Manual and Automatic options in all powertrains, it makes it an attractive proposition.” He further added “We are committed to the Indian market and to delivering the best and class leading products. With our most modern automotive plant having 3 lakh capacity, we are fully prepared to make on time deliveries and uphold the trust our customers have shown in us.”
Since its global debut in India, Kia Seltos has been able to capture everyone’s attention because of its design, quality and many India, segment and world first features. Customers have shown a lot of interest in the Seltos, making it one of the most anticipated car launches of 2019.
The Kia Seltos will be available in two trims - Tech Line and GT Line - and will get features such as 8.0 heads-up-display, 10.25 HD touchscreen, a hi-tech sound mood lamp, a rear shade curtain, 360 degree surround view monitor, blind spot monitoring, world’s first connect air-purifier, highly advanced proprietary UVO connect system for seamless and wireless communication with the car, 8-Speaker Bose Hi-Fi sound system and more.
The Seltos will be manufactured in Kia’s 536-acre Anantapur plant with an annual capacity of 3,00,000 units. The mid-SUV will be launched in India on the 22nd of August and the bookings are currently being accepted for a token amount of INR 25,000.