If you’ve been aware of the automotive scene in India, the Kia Seltos wouldn’t be a new name for you. The South Korean manufacturer’s first offering for the Indian market saw it make the headlines, gain orders much more than anticipated, and rule over most of the automotive accolades. And now, it might be ready to conquer the future as well.
If the reports are accurate, Kia Motors might be working on an all-electric version of its mid-sized SUV, the Seltos. According to TheKeea website, the upcoming Seltos EV has been codenamed the SP2 EV with global tests of the same said to commence soon.
The report suggests the all-electric sibling of the Seltos will feature the same body structure and panels like its fossil-fuel powered counterpart. Just like how Kia did with its Soul and Soul EV products.
For instance, the Tiger nose grille might get a panelled-out treatment like other EVs. The wheels might carry a distinctive yet lightweight design. The instrument cluster will most definitely get replaced by a fully-digital unit. And finally, we might see a more subdued design for the gear selector.
The Seltos EV is said to come equipped with the same motor as well as the same battery pack used in the Hyundai Kona EV globally. While the figures for the former are 150kW or 201hp, the latter stands at 64kWh which translates to roughly 450kms.
The Korean manufacturer plans to replicate the petrol-powered Seltos’ winning strategy onto its EV sibling. That implies the carmaker will initially be launching the EV in its local market of South Korea in 2020 followed by other Asia-only markets, including India. It remains to be seen whether Kia will spec the Indian iteration of the Seltos EV with the global powertrain or a low-powered one.