Despite selling more than 7,000 units in June 2020, Kia Seltos lost its title of best-selling SUV in India to the 2020 Hyundai Creta.
As the Indian automobile industry has started springing back to normalcy, car sales have started picking up again since last month. During the month of June 2020, Kia Motors managed to deliver more than 7,000 units of the Seltos and 161 units of the Carnival premium MPV, thereby making a total sales figure of 7,275 units. Also, quick calculations show that last month, more than 9 units of the Seltos were sold every hour. At this number, Kia is now the fifth largest automaker in the Indian space. Also, recently, the South Korean company added new connectivity and safety features to the Seltos’s range, which makes it a stronger rival to the Hyundai Creta.
However, in spite of the update, the 2020 Kia Seltos has lost out its top position to its close cousin – the Hyundai Creta which has just witnessed a generation change in March this year. The new-gen Creta outsold the Seltos by 93 units, thus posting a total sales figure of 7,207 units in the month of June. Do note that the Kia Seltos had become India’s best-selling SUV in the months before the new-generation Creta arrived.
Currently, 2020 Kia Seltos is on sale in between Rs 9.89 – 17.34 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, with the update, the company has discontinued two variants of the GT line trim – namely the GTK and GTK DCT due to low demand. As of now, the Kia Seltos retails in a total of 16 variants across three BS6-spec engine options. In another development, reports suggest that Kia is working on the electric version of the Seltos that is expected to be launched in the international market towards the end of this year. However, there is still no official statement from the carmaker.
In India, Kia is gearing up for the introduction of the all-new subcompact SUV dubbed the Sonet around the end of August this year. As confirmed by the South Korean brand, the Kia Sonet will be loaded with a host of segment-leading features, including a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, clutchless manual transmission and more. The sub-four-metre SUV will be available with both petrol and diesel motor options sourced from the Hyundai Venue.