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Kia Seltos (2019): compact SUV on a world tour

Kia Seltos (2019)
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B Already at the beginning of 2019 Kia had one with two signature studies Outlook on the future of brand design and at the same time a near-series view of a compact SUV. In June 2019, the Kia Seltos was presented in New Delhi. It was launched in Korea and India in the summer of 2019. Now the launch for the US market took place at the L.A. Auto Show. At the same time, the Seltos was also presented in China at the Guangzhou Auto Show as the KX3 for the local market.


With the name Seltos Kia tries the Greek mythology: 'Celtos' is the son of Hercules. The change of the first letter to an 'S' is supposed to symbolize speed and sportiness. The Seltos is aimed at young, tech-savvy buyers and is characterized by wide, curved shapes and technical details.

The Hyundai Venue is the sister model of the Kia Seltos.

The styling of the compact five-seater SUV shows itself with one wide, tall grille and narrow LED headlight slots in a striking front apron. Overall, the SUV is edgy without being retro. The bonnet is contoured, some beads shape itSide and the window line rises at the back in a kind of 'Hofmeister kink'. Thanks to the black pillars and tinted windows, the SUV has a sporty ascending line. The rear is characterized by underride protection and a wide chrome clip that connects the two LED rear lights. Compared to the SP study from India, bow handles are spreading out on the doors. 16, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels with 205/60, 215/55 or 235/45 tires rotate in the wheel arches.

Different engines operate under the hood of the Kia Seltos depending on the market. Kia offers a 1.6-liter T-GDI turbo gasoline engine with 177 hp, a two-liter vacuum cleaner with 149 hp and a 1.6-liter diesel with 136 hp. Depending on the markets, the units are coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, a six-speed automatic or a CVT transmission. The front wheels are driven in series production, with all-wheel drive available for an additional charge. The driver has the option of selecting three driving modes - 'Normal', 'Eco' and 'Sport'. As the KX3 in China, it is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 115 hp. It is shifted here by eight-speed automatic.


The interior shows a horizontally aligned dashboard landscape, which is dominated by a 10.25-inch touchscreen placed on top. There is also a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and a selector lever on the center console without a handbrake lever. There is an eight-inch head-up display for the driver, which shows speed and route information. Safety on board is ensured by six airbags, ESP, traction control as well as hill start assist and parking sensors at the front and rear.

Applications and details in an aluminum look should provide a touch of luxury. LEDs create the right ambient lighting. The 'Sound Mood Lighting' is linked to the Bose audio system and pulsates in six different colors to the beat of the music. Kia also offers its Uvo Connect telematics system, which is known from the e-Soul. Connected to the network via a SIM card, it provides live traffic jam information, weather data and points of interest. In addition, vehicle data can be called up via the app. This also includes theft warnings and vehicle tracking as well as security alarms. The service is free for three years.

Seltos studies inLA


The Koreans showed the customization options in the Kia Seltos with two studies at the US trade fair - Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept and Seltos X-Line Urban Concept. Both have a robust roof rack with four additional headlights and special paintwork with color-contrasting body elements. There are also new, larger rims with special tires, a cable winch or a ramming bar at the front as well as higher chassis.


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