The booming small SUV companies are planning to welcome something new; the latest Kia Seltos. It’s Kia’s first entrant into your popular class, sharing platforms but some components while using Hyundai Kona.
From the outer opinion, the design doesn’t look like any other thing inside the Kia showroom. To put it differently, it showcases a fresh design language for your brand which may preview the direction for other Kia products of the future.
At the front you do have a very wide interpretation of your ‘tiger nose’ grille, which extends out to the new-look headlights. The headlights also are all-new, using a semi-split design and chic and complex LEDs. Along the sides you will find a simple body contour with faint lines to spotlight the wheel arches.
Around at the back, Kia hasn’t gone with the increasingly fashionable full-width taillights. However, there exists a distinct chrome bar that joins the LED lights, helps to express width and sturdiness. Gleam chunky bumper bar that comes with chrome trimmings, and also a neat diffuser element reduce.
Being depending on the same platform that underpins the Hyundai Kona, the powertrains appear to be carried across. Buyers are going to be offered a 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘Smartstream’ petrol unit which makes 110kW and 180Nm. Or, you might need not zesty enough, may 1.6-litre turbo that develops 130kW and 265Nm. The turbo provides 0-100km/h acceleration from a claimed 8.0 seconds.
Both engines shall be provided by either front- or all-wheel drive (dependant upon market regions), although 2.0L includes a new CVT auto plus the 1.6 turbo gets to be a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. This does not seem like a manual transmission will be offered option of.
In base front-wheel configuration system incorporates MacPherson strut front suspension as well as a torsion beam butt. Going for the all-wheel drive setup sees this switch the signal from a separate multi-link buttocks, like in the Kona. Additionally, there are electrical power steering. These two components will adopt an exceptional Australian tune with the local market, Kia confirms.
Inside, passengers are assigned a smart and practical cabin. Standing on the dash is either an 8.0-inch or 10.25-inch touch-screen media interface, according to the variant, packing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are an optional 7.0-inch fully digital instrument cluster, and optional eight-speaker Bose sound system.
Rear passengers can be found a reclining bench seat, and separate climate vents in the rear of the centre console – not commonly observed in these types. The console also includes a USB charging port in addition to a small tray. Further on the back is an impressive 498L boot (752L SAE), by using a two-step boot floor which moves up or down by 110mm.
Kia Australia says the modern Seltos is due to proceed sale through training quarter of 2019. Final specs and costs are not yet been announced.