2020 Kia Seltos Unveiled As The Company’s New Small SUV For Global Markets

Following a series of leaks and several teasers, Kia has officially unveiled the Seltos. The small SUV was presented at a special event in Delhi, India, and will go on sale in the second half of the year.

On the outside, it combines a youthful styling and sharp lines with the look of a traditional SUV. The wide tiger nose grille is the main feature that’ll help bystanders identify it as a Kia. The Seltos gets LED DRLs, fog lamps and taillights, 3D multi-layer indicators and a selection of 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The cabin is defined by the sweeping shapes and large infotainment system, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, sitting in the middle of the dashboard, joined by the Sound Mood Lighting. Clients will also be able to spec it with an 8-inch head-up display, Bose premium sound system and a few other items, while enjoying “the lounge-like and spacious interior” that’s “aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers”.

Drivers will be assisted by several active and passive safety systems, such as the Vehicle Stability Management, which incorporates traction control and electronic stability control, a standard feature, as well as the usual hill-start assist, brake-force assist, front and rear parking sensors and others. The Seltos can adapt to different road conditions by choosing one of the three driving modes, called Normal, Eco and Sport.

Depending on the market, the Seltos will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines. This includes a 1.6-liter turbo rated at 177 PS (175 hp / 130 kW) and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated option that delivers 149 PS (147 hp / 110 kW). There is also a 136 PS (134 hp / 100 kW) 1.6-liter diesel. The power units can be linked to three transmission options, consisting of six- and seven-speed autos and a CVT.

Production of the vehicle will kick off soon in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, and Gwangju, Korea.

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  • StrangerGP

    I’m probably too old to appreciate the looks of this car.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    1) were is the interior shots? Again a reveal with no interior shots

    And if this is a global car then 2) when will it hit the uk? We’re will it stand in the line up ? Does it replace the stonic or sit below it ?

    • Ben

      PR Rep: “uuhhhh we’re slowing releasing information”
      Translation: We’ll release that info at the right time to hype up the release of the vehicle.

  • Ben

    Somehow that front end reminds me of a Chevy Colorado

    • JRP

      Dear god… I can’t unsee that.

  • It’s not one of their better designs

  • Liam Paul

    nice little looking suv, they should build one in the usa and sell it here too

    • Matthew Daraei

      Which part of this cars looks nice to you? It looks ugly as hell.

      • JRP

        People have opinions.

  • Matt

    This is an over-styled mess. Kia can (and has) do better than this. Looks like a cheap Chinese model.

    • mjs

      I think the same

      • charlotteharry57

        Me too.

  • cat

    For some reason this car remids me of the seat arona

    • JRP

      D pillar

  • charlotteharry57

    Simply dreadful. Looks cheap and definitely not worth bringing to the US. Soul would kill it in a matter of a year or so. Don’t bother, Kia!

    • jonas demuro

      If it has AWD, that would be a reason to bring it to the US. Some of us have to get to work in the snow!

      I am just unclear if this is a restyled Kona, or something else.

      • charlotteharry57

        The siblings on the Kia side to the Kona (platform-mates) are the Stonic and Soul.

        • jonas demuro

          We have the Soul in the US, but it is FWD only here. It is more CUV-ish than a true crossover. We don’t get the Stonic AFAIK.

  • salamOOn

    that front is too much “korea/ china/ japan market” oriented to be a global market vehicle.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    that’s design overkill. Seems like they had too many good design ideas and tried to fit them all in this car. should have saved other desgn elements for their future projects

  • Amr Magdy

    It doesn’t look bad but it looks very Chinese which is not a compliment.

  • Zimny Pawel

    Looks like a cinese ugly copy of Skoda….

  • Dude

    Looks good


    Looks good.

  • bb3

    really liked the renders of the XCeed, but this Seltos isn’t too bad. Like that it has a decent amount of glass in back – so the rear sight lines should be OK .. a problem with some crossovers and hatches. This one is trying to be a little more SUV like – vs the sleek, coupish XCeed. Hope that means they’ll offer all-wheel drive. Glad to hear that it’ll offer the 1.6 turbo – which should give it some decent get up and go. To my mind – I think the killer set-up would be the 1.6 turbo combined with a hybrid rear motor (like on the RAV4) to provide all-wheel drive without a big transmission tunnel. That set-up would provide a fun driver with 200+ HP and decent torque combined with decent MPG. I think it would be their best seller – assuming it’s got decent interior space. At some point – maybe offer a PHEV version for even better MPG as batteries get smaller and more efficient and (hopefully) cheaper.

  • yonceous

    I like it

  • ME

    Perhaps the North American version will look more “American” and less Asian?

  • klowik

    The design is cheap, overly done and the the lines on the headlights and tail lights tare superfluous it’s a mess of folds and crease lines, not as elegant, simple and sophisticated as BMW or Skoda. Most asian designs are like this!

    • Thunderbolt

      The exact design principle for a global market.

  • designer_dick

    It’s a clumsy mishmash of superfluous, overdone design elements and conflicting lines. The front in particular is a bit of a mess , with too many elements competing for space in too small an area. I think it would look better without the ridiculous indicators and the lower grille repeated directly below the main grille, something like this…


    • iea96

      Hats off Sir, you have fixed it.

  • Ricki Boo

    good grief

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