Kia India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kia Corporation, has announced the launch of refreshed editions of its best-selling products – the Seltos and the Sonet, in India today. These refreshed versions of the products are now introduced with multiple new features; also, many existing features from higher variants are now being extended to lower variants. There is also an introduction of Paddle Shifters in both the newly refreshed Seltos and Sonet. Apart from this, the company also announced debut of the revolutionary iMT Technology on the refreshed Seltos, which is going to be segment-first, and will be available in the 1.5 Petrol HTK+ variant. Looking at the market demand, Kia India has also introduced yet another premium varianton the refreshed Seltos – 1.4T-GDI Petrol GTX (O). In case of refreshed Sonet, the most popular HTX trim will now be available with Automatic options – HTX 7DCT (1.0T-GDI Petrol) and HTX 6AT (1.5 Diesel).
The company has introduced the refreshed Seltos and Sonet at a starting price of INR 9,95,000 (ex-showroom, pan-India) and INR 6,79,000 (ex-showroom, pan-India) respectively.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kia India said,
“The refreshed editions of Seltos and Sonet mark the first steps towards our transformation in India and reiterate our new brand purpose of inspiring consumers through products, services and their experiences with the brand. The evolving needs of the customers are at the heart of our product strategy. Since launch, the Seltos and Sonet have been creating benchmarks in their respective segments, and with the additional variants, safety and convenience features, we are taking the game a notch higher. I am confident that Indian customers will keep showering their love on our products, and with these refreshed versions, we are ready to win India’s heart once again.”
One of the key highlights of refreshed editions of Seltos and Sonet, is the introduction of ‘Paddle Shifters’ which helps the driver in quick gear shifting, allowing them to get a sportier and more responsive driving experience. Paddle shifters will now be available in the GTX+ 1.5D 6AT and 1.4T-GDI 7DCT variants in the refreshed Seltos, and in all automatic variants in refreshed Sonet.
After the successful launch of iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) in Sonet and recognizing its very high market acceptance, the company has decided to expand the availability of this new age technology on Seltos as well. Now, the refreshed Seltos will feature the segment-first iMT and will be available in the 1.5 Petrol HTK+ variant. The new-aged iMT technology is a technological breakthrough from Kia that offers fatigue-free driving thanks to the absence of a clutch pedal and still gives the same driver control as a conventional manual transmission. The iMT variant of the refreshed Seltos now comes with a Sunroof; Beige and Black interiors and Fully Automatic Air Conditioner with silver garnish add to the modernity of its interiors and give it a luxurious look.
The refreshed edition of Seltos has been updated with 17 new enhancements like first-in-segment Smart Pure Air Purifier with ‘Virus and Bacteria’ Protection which effectively cleans the air and kills bacteria and viruses to successfully address the need of the hour. The vehicle also hosts many class leading features including Remote Engine Start in Manual transmission which enables the customers to remotely start the engine with their smart keys, Wireless Phone projection tohelp the customers to project their phone screens on the car’s touchscreen, Over the Air (OTA) map updates to ensure that the car is always up to date with latest map updates. There is also an introduction of Additional Voice Commands on UVO connected car system including Sunroof Open & Close, Driver Window Control which adds to the overall convenience.
Ensuring safety of the occupants has always been a key universal priority of Kia. In this line, the company has decided to extend the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Brake Assist (BA), Hill Assist Control (HAC) features to lower variants. Further, to make the occupants feel extra special, there are multiple new seat material and colour options which add to the plushness of the interiors of the car.
The refreshed edition of Sonet has been updated with 10 new enhancements like the first-in-segment Rear Door Sunshade Curtains, and to further augment the convenience of customer, it gets another first-in-segment Voice command for Sunroof Open & Close. To underscore the company’s commitment towards safety, it has now brought features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Brake Assist (BA), Hill Assist Control (HAC) to lower variants.
Apart from this, there are multiple higher end features like the Multi drive and traction mode which gives an option to customers to unleash their enthusiastic side. To cater to the styling and convenience needs, an Electric sunroof, Smart key with push button start, Remote engine start, Chrome door handles and Crystal cut alloys with silver wheel caps have now been extended to the lower variants.
Refreshed Kia Seltos Price
Refreshed Kia Sonet Price
● The refreshed models of Seltos and Sonet are now upgraded with 17 and 10 new enhancements respectively, which includes Paddle Shifters for automatic variants & Rear Door Sunshade Curtains in Sonet
● First-in-segment iMT Technology to debut on the refreshed edition of Kia Seltos in 1.5 Petrol Engine
● Customer centric features from higher variants, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Sunroof, have now been extended to lower variants, in case of both the products
● First-in-segment Smart Pure Air Purifier with ‘Virus and Bacteria’ Protection added on the refreshed Seltos
● The refreshed Seltos and Sonet are the company’s first products in India to feature its new corporate logo.
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