- a new kia suv called the seltos has made its global debut after being previewed by a concept a few months ago.
- the seltos appears to be sized between kia's subcompact soul and compact sportage models.
- kia has yet to confirm the seltos officially for the u.s. market, but all signs point to yes.
the kia seltos is a new small suv that's set to go on sale in the rest of the world later this year. kia isn't saying whether or not it's coming to the u.s., but we're confident it will make its way to our shores eventually; since we last reported on this model, kia has filed a trademark for the name seltos in the u.s.
although we do not have dimensions yet, the seltos appears to be around the same size as the hyundai kona. its chunky lines and tall proportions give it a more upright look than the more low-slung hyundai, however, and the seltos' styling is completely unique, with a somewhat polarizing front-end lighting treatment but a fairly generic rear fascia.
the two engine choices most likely to be offered on the u.s. version of the seltos are shared with the kona. they include a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-four with 147 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with 175 horsepower. the former pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and the latter with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. there's also a diesel engine that will be available in other markets, but there's no way it will come to the u.s.
kia isn't mentioning anything about all-wheel drive at this point, but we assume it will be part of the seltos' package given that the kona is available with standard front-wheel drive or with all-wheel drive as a $1400 option.
look for more u.s.-specific information about the kia seltos to come out later this year, as we expect it to go on sale in america sometime in 2020.