The Kia Seltos X Line Edition gets cosmetic enhancements on the exterior and interior to give an exclusive feel to its owners
Kia last month introduced the range-topping X-Line variant of the Seltos at a price of Rs 17.79 lakh for the turbocharged petrol variant and Rs 18.10 lakh for the diesel variant (ex-showroom). It is one of the first cars from the mainstream automaker in India to offer a matte finish on the exterior body panels from the factory assembly line.
Seltos applies a matte graphite exterior paint scheme with a touch of red paint to add a sporty appeal to the X-Line SUV. While the matte finish looks extremely premium and requires extra bucks, maintaining it is an equally tough task.
Many consumers interested in buying the X-Line variant are not aware of how to maintain the exterior of the SUV. Kia has now shared the guidelines that are to be followed by the owners of this variant. It also shares a list of do’s and don’ts that will help consumers maintain the brilliance of their SUV.
Seltos Matte Color Maintenance – Do’s and Don’ts
For starters, buyers must ensure that the vehicle is protected from any kind of scratches as even the tiniest of scratches will be prominently visible on the surface. The biggest drawback of matte exterior treatment is that the entire panel has to be replaced in case of repairs.
Owners should avoid polishing, coating or any other treatment on the SUV as it will create shiny patches on its surface and ruin its appearance. Only the microfiber cloth should be used for cleaning and the cloth used for cleaning the matte exterior should not be used for any other vehicle with a glossy paint scheme.
Leakage of fuel (petrol or diesel), tar, grease or any other oily substance on the body should be avoided. If dropped, it should be cleaned with a microfiber cloth before leaving a permanent stain.
Consumers should also promptly remove other contaminants such as bird droppings and insect residues to avoid stains. The company has advised its owners not to go to automatic car washes with rotating brushes, high pressure or jet cleaners. Also, it is not advisable to wash the car in direct sunlight or to paste stickers or aftermarket body graphics.
The company has also advised owners of Seltos X Line variant against getting the SUV washed by a daily wash guy. This is because they may not be able to follow the guidelines and use a normal/reused dirty cloth which can damage the paint.
The Seltos X Line variant is offered with either a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The turbo petrol mill cranks out 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque and is exclusively mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. The oil burner pumps out 114 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque and is automatically mated to a 6-speed torque converter as standard.