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Kia Seltos here in October

Seltos crossover to represent Kia Australia in strong-selling small SUV segment

21 Jun 2019

KIA’s Seltos compact crossover contender has finally been uncovered in full, and will land in Australian showrooms from October to take on the hot-selling Mitsubishi ASX, Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona.
 
Revealed overnight in Delhi, the Seltos will be built in India – an emerging market that Kia is prioritising to grow global sales – but Australian versions will be sourced from the Gwangju facility in South Korea.
 
As with all Kia Australia models, a bespoke suspension tune will be developed to suit local roads and conditions.
 
Two petrol engines, a 110kW 2.0-litre atmo motor and flagship 130kW 1.6-litre turbocharged unit, will be offered in the local Seltos range, mirroring the Hyundai Kona’s powertrain options.
 
As for transmissions, the 2.0-litre engine will be paired with a continuously-variable automatic, while the 1.6-litre unit is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch shifter.
 
A 100kW 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine is also available in overseas markets, but no oil-burning Seltos’ will be arriving Down Under.
 
While pricing is yet to be revealed, it is expected that the Seltos will target the budget-conscious buyer and “provide outstanding value for money”, according to Kia, which points to a low-$20,000 starting point.
 
For reference, the Hyundai Kona opens at $23,500 before on-roads, the Mazda CX-3 is available from $22,260 and the segment-leading Mitsubishi ASX starts from $23,490.
 
From the outside, the Seltos is obviously a Kia thanks to the signature ‘tiger nose grille’, while its strong shoulder lines and prominent underbody cladding denote its high-riding wagon status.
 
The Seltos also sports LED head-, tail- and daytime running lights, as well as three wheel-size options – 16, 17 and 18 inches – at least in overseas markets.
 
Inside, Kia says the Seltos is “aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers” thanks to a 10.25-inch central touchscreen infotainment set-up that features satellite navigation, split-screen functionality, driving data readout and new UVO Connect telematics subscription service.
 
The Seltos can also be equipped with Sound Mood Lighting that pulses colour-customisable in-door lights to the beat of music, 8.0-inch head-up display and a premium eight-speaker Bose sound system.
 
Safety is also a key tenet of the Seltos, with Kia building its new small-sized SUV with high-strength steel and aluminium for a rigid bodyshell.
 
Six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, hill-start assist, front and rear parking sensors, and brake-force assistance also features.
 
Kia Motors Corporation president and CEO Han-Woo Park said: “The Seltos is an important car for Kia as it will play a central role in the expansion of our global footprint, and especially in a priority market in India.
 
“Seltos is aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers and is packed full of our most cutting-edge technology and safety equipment,” he said.

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