India’s first Kia Seltos modified with CNG kit

Kia Motors entered the Indian market last year and took the country by storm with the worthy contender of Hyundai Venue, the Kia Seltos.  The carmaker also recently launched the anniversary edition of the Seltos. Kia also has a luxury MPV Carnival and recently launched sub-compact SUV Sonet in its lineup. The Kia Seltos has become quite a popular SUV in India and can be commonly seen on the Indian roads. Find out below India’s first Kia Seltos modified with CNG kit.

As seen from the number plate in the SUV, the Kia Seltos belongs to someone in Gujarat. Now Gujaratis are quite professional by nature and like to save money whenever possible. The Kit used in the Seltos is from Zavoli Bora, which is an Italian brand. Maruti Autogas is also the all India distributor for this brand. They have installed S32 sequential kit in this Seltos. Normally, a car with a four-cylinder engine will get four injectors but, here in this Seltos, the number of injectors placed is 8. This helps reduce the lag that is normally felt in a CNG vehicle and improve the performance. The CNG kit also leads to better price to range efficiency.

Engine and Performance of Kia Seltos

It comes with three engine options: 1.5-litre petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel. While the 1.5-litre petrol motor is good for 115PS/144Nm, the diesel engine develops 115PS/250Nm. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which has an output of 140PS/242Nm, is only offered with the GT Line variants. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or various automatic transmission options depending on the engine.

Cost of the Kia Seltos CNG kit

The approximate cost of installing this CNG kit on the Kia Seltos is around Rs. 50,000. The 8 injector set up can be installed on other vehicles but, the prices will be higher than the regular ones. Do note that installing an aftermarket CNG kit will void engine warranty. In case of this Seltos, Kia Motors will not honour the factory warranty.

Features and Competition

Kia Seltos’s features arsenal consists of a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Kia’s UVO connected car technology, an air purifier, ambient lighting, and an 8-inch head-up display. It also gets ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 7-inch multi-information display, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and a sunroof. The 2020 Seltos adds smartwatch connectivity, smart-key remote engine start, and a “Hello Kia” wake up command for the voice assistant of the UVO Connect features.

It goes up against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. It will also take on the upcoming Skoda VISION IN and Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs. In case you wish to buy a more rugged SUV, you can check out the Mahindra Scorpio.

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