Kia Seltos EV reportedly in development

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 24 Dec 2019
Kia Seltos EV reportedly in development
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An all-electric version of the Kia Seltos is reportedly in development

It’s expected to be exclusive to certain Asian markets initially

Production is reportedly set to happen in August 2020

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Having launched its maiden vehicle in India some six months ago, Korean automaker Kia appears to be eyeing the EV space for 2020. According to a recent report by US Kia news portal theKEEA, an all-electric version of the Kia Seltos subcompact crossover is currently in development. The Kia Seltos EV will, naturally, be based on the Kia Seltos that’s currently selling in the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 9.69 lakh. Production of the Kia Seltos EV is reportedly set to happen in August 2020. The car will initially be exclusive to Asian markets, which should include India.

While Kia has not officially confirmed the development of the Seltos EV, rumours about it have been trickling in gradually. The latest one from theKEEA reveals some of the specs the car might have. For starters, it’s codenamed SP2 EV, which is a rather suggestive variation of the original SP Concept badge the early Seltos bore. Secondly, it’s said to share its powertrain with the Hyundai Kona Electric (and Kia Soul EV). That means it could have the same 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that’s hooked up to a single permanent-magnet synchronous motor that produces 204 horsepower.

Now, it’s worth noting that the Hyundai Kona Electric sold in the Indian market has a feebler powertrain, so the Kia Seltos EV could be fitted with the same. Unlike the model sold in the US and Europe, the Kona Electric in India is powered by a 39.2kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that’s connected to a single permanent-magnet synchronous motor that produces 136 horsepower. Despite the smaller battery, the Kona Electric enjoys an ARAI-certified range of 452 kilometres on a single charge. This means the Seltos EV could come with a similar range if it ends up getting the Kona Electric’s powertrain in India.

The Kia Seltos was announced in India in June this year with as many as three engine options, including a 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol motor that’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. While the exteriors get Kia’s proprietary ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and all-LED headlamps along with numerous drive control technologies, the interiors get six airbags, a head-up display, climate control, and an inbuilt air purifier. The dashboard is home to a 10.25-inch touchscreen display that’s part of the Seltos’ advanced infotainment system. You can read more about the Kia Seltos here.

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