• The Kia Seltos Now Gets Six Airbags Standard Across The Range

 This addition is a first-in-segment bit on the compact SUV

  • It's the second safety update to the SUV after the last one in April included four airbags, rear disc brakes, ESC, TPMS and VSM as standard features.

  • Prices have been hiked by up to Rs 30,000 depending on the variant chosen.

  • The Sonet could get this update soon.

  • The Seltos celebrates up to 3 lakh sales since its launch in August 2019.

  • The compact SUV now retails from Rs 10.49 lakh and Rs 18.65 lakh (ex-showroom).

The Kia Carens had already set a trend on passenger safety when the MPV broke cover in December 2021, featuring six airbags as standard on all variants. Now, the carmaker has done the same with the Seltos, with the compact SUV now getting six airbags as standard across the range, a first in the segment. Coincidentally, the compact SUV also celebrates up to 3 lakh sales on the compact SUV which went on sale all the way back in August 2019.

Six airbags were earlier limited to the top-of-the line HTX+, X-Line, and GTX(O) and GTX+ (GT Line) variants. This is the second such safety update to the Seltos, this year, with the earlier additions in April included making the likes of four airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, rear-wheel disc brakes, and vehicle stability management as a standard offering. On top of this update, the Kia Seltos has gotten dearer by up to Rs 30,000 depending on the variant chosen. 

Other key safety kit in the Seltos includes a 360-degree camera with parking sensors, a blind spot monitor engine start function. No changes have been made to the feature list with highlights including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a sunroof, head-up display, automatic climate control and a wireless phone charger. 

Under the hood, the Seltos can be specced with a plethora of options, which include a 115PS 1.5-litre petrol, a 140PS 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit as well as a 115PS 1.5-litre diesel motor. A 6-speed manual is standard for all three engines, with the automatic options including a  6-speed iMT and CVT for the 1.5-litre petrol, a 7-speed DCT for the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol mill and a 6-speed automatic for the 1.5-litre diesel motor.

Considering the fact that the Kia Seltos is the second Kia model after the Carens to feature six airbags as standard, the Sonet sub-4 metre SUV could also get this update soon. The Seltos now retails from Rs 10.49 lakh and Rs 18.65 lakh (ex-showroom). These updates should give the compact SUV a better standing against rivals such as the  Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and MG Astor.

 

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