Kia sold a total of 10,853 units of the Seltos in August this year, thus registering a growth of 74 per cent on a YoY basis. Read the complete report here.
Kia introduced the Seltos in our market last year in August, and the SUV is doing wonders for the company in terms of overall sales. A recent report suggests that the automaker has managed to retail 10,853 units of the SUV in the Indian market last month. It’s the highest-ever sales figure recorded by the compact SUV since February this year. However, in the month of August, last year, Kia sold 6,236 units of the Seltos. Thus, registering a growth of 74 per cent on a YoY basis for the month of August 2020. Kia has retailed over 98,000 units of Seltos and over 3,600 units of Carnival till date. Moreover, the carmaker has recently achieved 1 lakh cumulative sales milestone in just 11 months of its introduction in the Indian market. Right now, Kia is offering only two products in our market, namely Seltos and Carnival.
In June this year, Kia updated the Seltos with 10 new features - emergency stop signal, smart-key remote engine start, front and rear USB charging ports and much more. Moreover, the company’s AI-based voice recognition system is now offered with the new ‘Hello Kia’ wake up command, while the UVO connected car system now supports the smartwatch app and also controls the air purifier. The automaker has also discontinued GTK and GTX DCT trims from the model lineup. The automaker is now all set to introduce its third product in our market - Sonet by this month. Once launched, it’ll rival the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Mahindra XUV300. It’ll derive power from three different motors, out of which two will sip petrol and one will do with diesel.
The petrol engine option on the Sonet includes 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. The former will produce 83 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque, while the latter will churn out power and torque outputs of 120 PS and 172 Nm, respectively. The N/A petrol engine will come mated to a 5-speed MT as standard, while the turbocharged motor will be available with three engine options- 6-speed MT, 6-speed IMT, and a 7-speed DCT. The SUV will also be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which develops 100 PS of peak power and 240 Nm of twisting force. It will also be offered in a higher state of tune, where the power and torque output are measured at 115 PS and 250 Nm, respectively. Transmission duties on the oil burner will be done by either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, depending upon the buyer's preference.