While 20,000 customers are waiting for the delivery of their Kia Seltos, this number could go higher in the coming days
Kia Seltos is inarguably the most popular SUV (4-metre plus) in India. Even though Kia is a new name for the Indian audience, the brand has seen a brilliant response from car buyers in our country. The company was already overwhelmed with nearly 20,000 orders before everyone in the country were ordered to stay inside. This number is slated to increase once the lockdown lifts, and people resume their vehicle purchases. This surge in buyership might cause the waiting period to grow even longer.
The waiting period for the Kia Seltos might increase post-lockdown
During the first quarter of 2020 (January to March), Kia was able to deliver 32,000 units of the Seltos to its customers. Experts believe there will be a surge in private ownership of vehicles. This would primarily include people with plans to buy a car prior to the lockdown. Also, perhaps a side-effect of the paranoia in these times, people would prefer private vehicles to public transport, which might also contribute to the buying surge. With rising health concerns, premium features like built-in air purifier might soon appear on buyers’ wishlists. Kia Seltos has one, as does its cousin, the Hyundai Creta. This could help boost the popularity of these SUVs even further.
Kia Seltos is available with three engine options- a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.4-litre petrol. The 1.5-litre petrol motor is a naturally-aspirated, inline-4 unit, capable of generating 115 PS and 144 Nm of peak power and torque. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder unit, with 115 PS and 250 Nm. The 1.4-litre motor is the most powerful engine option of the bunch, with 140 PS and 242 Nm.
A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard in all the variants, and you get the choice of an automatic gearbox as well (CVT with 1.5 petrol, 6-speed torque-converter with 1.5 diesel, and 7-speed dual-clutch with 1.4 petrol). Prices of the Kia Seltos range from Rs. 9.89 lakh to Rs. 17.34 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)