Kia Motors has unveiled the 2023 Seltos facelift in its home market South Korea, and the updated version of the SUV will make it to other markets including India in the next couple of months. The 2023 Kia Seltos facelift gets subtle cosmetic changes and a refreshed cabin, and the styling is now in line with Kia’s newer offerings. The Kia Seltos was a model that debuted in India for the world and is now three years old into its lifecycle. The updated model arrives at the right time as newer models have entered the segment.
In terms of changes, the 2023 Kia Seltos facelift gets a redesigned front with reworked LED headlights, tweaked grille, and updated LED DRLs. The changes are subtle but do bring a fresh look to the SUV. The rear gets more notable changes with the wraparound taillights that carry a similar design to the Carens. The big change though is the connected light bar running across the breath of the tailgate. It lends a premium look to the SUV. Other detailing changes include a new silver skid plate, and new alloy wheels on the SUV.
The cabin sports a refreshed look with the gear lever now replaced by a gear selector dial. The dual screens have been retained while the 2023 Seltos facelift gets a dual-tone finish internationally in a tan and black theme. Reports suggest that Kia could introduce Advanced Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) on the updated Seltos to keep the model updated with changing times. The MG Astor already gets the safety feature in the segment, while the Hyundai Creta facelift received the same internationally. The Creta facelift is likely to arrive in India with ADAS when it goes on sale next year. So, there’s a good chance the Seltos will get it as well, to ensure its competitive nature.
Mechanically, do not expect too many changes on the Kia Seltos facelift. The model sold in India comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.4-litre turbo petrol, and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, DCT, IMT, and a torque converter. Prices could see a marginal hike when the updated version arrives next year.