Automakers aren’t abandoning the small, budget-friendly automobile section; they’re merely placing their most cost-effective fashions on stilts and consequently making them a little bit bit dearer. Kia will observe the trail blazed by sister firm Hyundai when it unveils a mannequin named Seltos that can slot on the very backside of its crossover and SUV lineup. The mannequin will make its official debut on-line this summer time.
Kia defined it designed the Seltos for younger, tech-savvy consumers. Whereas we haven’t seen it within the steel but, preview sketches launched by the South Korean firm recommend it wears a rugged-looking entrance finish characterised by a tall, upright grille flanked by skinny lights that stretch into the hood. On paper, it shares a handful of key styling cues with current members of the Kia portfolio with out utterly copying one other automobile. It’s not an even bigger Soul, or a Telluride that shrank within the wash. We’ll wait till we see the true factor to make a remaining judgement, although.
The Seltos will likely be comparatively small and low-cost, nevertheless it gained’t be spartan. As a result of it’s overtly geared toward millennials, it is going to supply an extended record of normal and non-compulsory tech options together with a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, in addition to a function Kia enigmatically calls Sound Temper lighting.
Drivers will doubtless want an internet-connected infotainment system to clarify the identify Seltos to their passengers. It traces its roots to Greece — Celtos is the son of Hercules in Greek mythology. Kia changed the c with an s to underline the crossover’s pace and sportiness, although there’s little indication the Seltos will likely be a real high-performance machine — it’s not going to go head-to-head with a Porsche Cayenne Coupe, however we’re hoping it will likely be extra dynamic to drive than different automobiles in its aggressive set.
Technical specs stay as guarded because the Eleusinian Mysteries of historical Greece. If we had been requested to wager, we’d place cash on seeing a turbocharged four-cylinder within the engine bay, an computerized transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is likely to be out there at an additional price, or supplied as a regular function on choose trim ranges.
Kia will unveil the Seltos on-line in June 2019, and the mannequin will attain showrooms in South Korea, in addition to different areas, shortly after. Kia known as the Seltos a worldwide mannequin, nevertheless it hasn’t confirmed plans to promote it in the USA but. We wouldn’t be shocked to see it arrive in American showrooms in time for the 2020 mannequin 12 months. We’ve reached out to the corporate for clarification, and we’ll replace this story after we hear again.