Kia makes a splash at LA Show with Seltos

by Akbar Merchant 21 Nov 2019


Kia Motors has taken the wraps off the at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show 2019.  The model went on sale in markets like India and a few other ASEAN regions earlier this year.  The new Kia SUV slots between the Kia Soul at the lower end and the Kia Sportage SUV at the higher end of Kia’s North American line-up.

The left-hand-drive Kia Seltos looks more or less identical to the one sold in India but comes with a different set of engines.  Powering the Seltos for North America is a 2.0-litre petrol that develops 146hp as well as a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 176hp.  The Seltos 2.0 comes with a CVT gearbox while the 1.6 version gets a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.  Higher variants also come with standard AWD.  Kia will sell the Seltos SUV in North America in five variants. It also gets Kia’s UVO connect system, a 10.25-inch screen, wireless charging and multiple USB ports. 

The Seltos for the North American market comes with Kia’s Drive Wise safety package which is already available in other Kia models like the full-size Telluride SUV and the Stinger sport sedan. This package includes features like blind spot monitoring, blind spot collision avoidance, driver attention warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, highway follow assist, rear occupant alert, safe exit assist and adaptive cruise control.  

Seltos X-Line Urban and Seltos X-line Trail Attack concepts debut
Apart from the production-spec Seltos, the company also showcased the Seltos X-line Trail Attack and the Seltos X-line Urban concepts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Both concepts are powered by Kia’s 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.

The Seltos X-line Trail Attack concept sits on a custom suspension setup that gives it a 2-inch lift and around 235mm of ground clearance.  The concept is based on Seltos AWD and is also shod with a center differential lock.  Additionally, it gets 17-inch custom alloy wheels, a winch at the back, a custom roof rack, and additional Hella auxiliary lights on the front bumper and on the roof.

The Seltos X-Line Urban concept gets 17-inch wheels with gold finish, a similar 2-inch lift with AWD, lesser number of auxiliary lights, a hood scoop and a roof rack. It however gets the same interior as the production spec SUV.
Closer to home, the Seltos made its debut earlier this year and is available in eighteen variants and multiple engine-gearbox options.  The company has now begun work on the Carnival MPV as well as an all-new compact SUV for India. Both upcoming Kia models will hit the showrooms next year.

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