Kia has just revealed its new global B-Segment SUV model, the Kia Seltos at a press event in Delhi, India. The Seltos is aimed at youthful and tech-savvy buyers who are looking for the total package in design, technology, practicality and safety.

On the outside, the Seltos has a tall and commanding presence thanks to the large Tiger Nose grille, intricate LED headlamps and chunky lower front section. The LED taillamps, red brake calipers and sharp lower rear apron add a touch of sportiness to the SUV. Wheel options include 16-, 17- or 18-inch premium crystal cut alloys.

The cabin, although not pictured, is furnished with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, 8.0-inch Heads-up Display, 8-speaker Bose surround sound system, 3D-patterned surface on the door panels as well as a Sound Mood Lighting system (8 colours, 6 themes) that pulses to the beat of the music playing. Sounds like something the youngsters would like, eh?

Powertrain options are straight forward on the Seltos with a 1.6-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol with 177 hp, 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol with 149 hp and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with 136 hp. All engines are of a four-cylinder layout and are paired to either a 7-speed dual-clutch, 6-speed automatic and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

On the safety front there are all the basic electronics with six airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-Start Assist Control, front and rear parking sensors. However, the Seltos doesn’t come with Advanced Driver Assistance systems to keep the pricing low in developing markets.

The new Kia Seltos will be produced in Kia’s production facilities in Andhra Pradesh, India and Gwangju, Korea with market sales due from the second half of 2019.


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Kia Seltos Global Debut


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.