All-new Kia Seltos bound for Australia

Kia has revealed a new entrant into the compact SUV segment – the Seltos.

Aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers, the Seltos comes with some nifty design features and top-notch tech.

The cabin is equipped with, amongst other things, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Sound Mood Lighting and an 8-inch Head-Up Display system which projects relevant driving information on to a small glass panel behind the steering wheel.

The car is also available with a premium eight speaker Bose audio system.

Equipment also includes a Drive Mode Select system that lets drivers adapt the car to their preferred style or the road conditions. Drivers can choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode.

The Seltos also offers Kia’s UVO CONNECT telematics system.

UVO features the Kia Live system, housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen in the center of the dashboard. The system uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data during a drive, such as traffic information, weather forecasts and points of interest. There’s also a UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app offers a range of features to provide diagnostic data about the car and trips made.

The UVO system is free to users for the first three years, and includes stolen vehicle notification and tracking, safety alerts, auto collision notification and emergency assistance.

Power comes from a range of newly developed third-generation powertrains, all of which are engineered with Kia’s Smartstream technology for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
There’s a 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged gasoline engine producing 130kW, a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated gasoline engine producing 110kW and a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 100kW.

Depending on the market, the Seltos will be offered with up to three automatic transmission options – a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT), a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

For the Australian market, Seltos will have the 2.0 Atkinson Cycle petrol coupled to a CVT driving through the front wheels, and the 1.6-litre Turbo GDi coupled to a 7-speed DCT and AWD.
Safety systems includes six airbags, as well as Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management system as standard, incorporating traction control and electronic stability control.

There’s an Anti-lock Braking System, a Traction Control System, a Brake-force Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors.

The SUV sits on a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch premium crystal cut alloy wheels shod with high-grip 205/60 R16, 215/55 R17 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The Seltos will be manufactured for different regions at two of Kia’s production facilities – in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, and Gwangju, Korea from where the Australian models will be sourced. It is due on sale in global markets from the second half of 2019.

Kia says that, as with all its models in Australia, the ride and handling characteristics of the Seltos have been optimised to Australian expectations, with hundreds of hours of testing and validation in both Korea and on Australian roads.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (July 2019)

10 Jul 2019