New Kia Seltos Puts On A Tough Guy Act With Rugged X-Line Concepts

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Shortly after unveiling the Seltos at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia has presented two concepts of the small SUV, named the X-Line Trail Attack and X-Line Urban.

Boasting revised looks that make them seem ready for arduous terrains, the show cars are based on the production model and retain the interior behind those heavily tinted windows.

Kia Seltos X-Line Urban Concept

Inspired by the glass and steel used in skyscrapers, the Seltos X-Line Urban Concept wears a gray paint finish, contrasted by glossy black, orange and gold accents. It comes with a hood scoop, custom bumper, roof rack with auxiliary lights and 8×17-inch wheels.

Riding 2 inches (51 mm) higher than the production Seltos, the study is powered by a 175 HP and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired to a 7-speed DCT gearbox and electronically controlled AWD system with torque vectoring.

Kia Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept

Finished in a custom two-tone paint scheme, the Seltos X-Line Trail Attack is the more off-road-oriented version of the two. It sports a front winch, roof rack, two sets of auxiliary lights, 2-inch (51 mm) lift kit that raises the ground clearance to 9.2 inches (233.7 mm) and chunky off-road tires that wrap around 8×17-inch wheels.

Like the Urban, the Trail Attack packs the same 1.6-liter turbocharged lump, hooked up to the 7-speed transmission, and is equipped with all-wheel drive and a center differential lock that equally distributes the power between the two axles when engaged.

Possible Future Plans Regarding The Two

“The Seltos is an exciting addition to Kia’s tough and rugged lineup of SUVs”, said KMA President Michael Cole. “But the Kia brand is always looking toward the future and we are eager to show what may wait just around the corner. These new concepts are meant to get creative juices flowing and illustrate what the ultimate Seltos could be.”

Despite those comments, Kia has no immediate plans of launching off-road-inspired versions of the Seltos. However, it obviously doesn’t rule them out either, and the company itself leaves the door wide open to that possibility.

“While the production Seltos is planned to go on sale in the first quarter of 2020, there are currently no plans to produce either concept”, Kia said. “But it is worthy to mention that Kia said the same about the GT Concept and the Telluride Concept, both of which eventually found their way onto driveways across America in the form of the Stinger sport sedan and Telluride SUV.”

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