The Kia Seltos is the only compact SUV remaining that is yet to have a 7-seat version in the Indian market. Check out this rendering of 7-seater Kia Seltos to see how it will look like upon arrival.
7-seat versions of compact and mid-size SUVs are currently the latest trend in the Indian auto market. These SUVs look very similar to their 5-seat counterparts but come with a longer body to accommodate a third row of seats. These 7-seats SUVs are proving to be very popular in India, as now buyers do not have to stretch their budgets to around Rs 30 lakh for an SUV with three rows of seats. The Hyundai Alcazar is the latest addition in the segment and is based on the Creta while Tata launched the new Safari which is based on the Harrier.
Among the SUVs in this segment and price range, currently, the Kia Seltos remains the only one that hasn’t received the 7-seat treatment. Furthermore, there aren’t talks of a 7-seat version of the Seltos launching anytime soon, even though all of its competitors have a three-row offering now. Kia’s sibling brand Hyundai has already adapted the Creta platform for the new 7-seat Alcazar, making a three-row version of the Seltos fairly easy to develop.
While Kia hasn’t revealed any pictures of a 7-seat Seltos, our in-house rendering specialist, Shoeb R. Kalania, has imagined what a three-row Seltos may look like. Like the Hyundai Alcazar, the most obvious change for the 7-seat Seltos will be its length. The new version of the Seltos will have a longer wheelbase along with extended front and rear overhangs compared to the current Seltos. This also gives the SUV a more proportionate profile.
The new 7-seat Seltos will come with a bigger rear-quarter glass area for the third row with the window line having to be revised as well. The rear profile of the 7-seat Seltos will most likely come with a more upright design along with redesigned taillights and bumper. Furthermore, the three-row version of the Seltos could differentiate itself from its smaller sibling with a revised front grille and larger alloy wheels with a new design.
Kia is currently planning to launch a mid-life update of the Seltos this April 27 in India. The updates will include the new Kia logo, more features, and possibly even a special Gravity Edition as the new flagship variant. Kia will also be introducing the iMT on the Seltos for the first time. The Kia Seltos currently retails between INR 9.89 lakh and INR 17.65 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. Prices are likely to be increased marginally with the addition of new features, with the new Gravity Edition likely to be priced even higher.