The first competitor of the Korean brand, like Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3, has become official and is expected to go on sale in October.
duck has officially revealed the exterior of its brand new Seltos SUV, its first global operator in the thriving compact crossover market.
As anticipated by a flashy pre-production vehicle a few weeks ago, the exterior design of the new Seltos is strongly influenced by the SP and SP Signature concepts, which indicate a new design direction for the SUV range of the Korean brand.
Davanti is a long bonnet that extends into an upright and imposing band, with a new interpretation of Kia's "tiger nose" grille that blends into the headlights.
The front units use a stacked design, with the main LED beam (probably reserved for taller models) at the top and the LED indicators below, with 3D multilayer effects for the direction indicators.
LED technology was also used for the front and rear fog lights, along with the rear lights.
A range of models and sizes of alloy wheels will be available, ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches in diameter. Tire sizes include 205/60 R16, 215/55 R17 and 235/45 R18.
No official images of the interior have been published yet (we have a sketch below), although Kia is promoting "high quality and futuristic materials" aimed at young buyers and technology experts.
Features available include a 10.2 "touchscreen infotainment system, interior lighting with 3D effect patterns and 8.0 inch color head-up display. It is unclear whether the new 12.3-inch digital instrument panel of the Euro XCeed market will be available.
The Seltos will also be offered with an eight-speaker Bose sound system based on the grade.
In terms of motivation, the Seltos will be offered worldwide with a range of petrol and diesel engines depending on the market, three in total.
Kia Australia has confirmed that local models will get a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine of 110 kW performing the Atkinson cycle (used in the foreign versions of the Cerato) combined with an automatic CVT that drives the front wheels.
The other option for Australian buyers will be a Gasoline turbo T-GDi 1.6-liter 130 kW combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Each kinematic chain offers three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport, each adapting the throttle response and steering accordingly according to the driver's tastes.
From the technology point of view, a suite of active safety and driving assistance features will be available, although Kia has yet to detail exactly what they are.
Given that Seltos has been revealed in India today, and a version of it will be built there for that market, features like AEB and adaptive cruise control are not a priority over markets like Australia and Australia. Europe, and probably explains why they haven't been detailed yet
The Seltos will surely have six airbags and your usual set of electronic aids like ABS, traction control, brake force assistance, hill start assistance and front and rear parking sensors.
Expect autonomous emergency braking and lane maintenance assistance to be fitted as standard on Australian models, as they are needed to obtain a five-star ANCAP safety score.
Sales of the all-new Kia Seltos are scheduled to start in Australia by the end of the year, with local versions to be produced at the company's plant in Gwangju, South Korea.
Other Kia models assembled in this structure include the larger Sportage SUV, along with the Soul Boxy crossover.
Further details for the bound versions in Australia will be revealed in the coming months, although prices should start at around $ 25,000 before road costs.
The local division has previously indicated that we can expect the launch of Seltos around September / October.
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