Introducing The New 2021 Kia Seltos AWD

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The Kia Seltos – A Small, but Mighty Competitor in the SUV Segment

Sporty and sophisticated, this new Kia SUV -- presented at the LA Auto Show and expected to hit dealerships in the US in February 2020 -- is a brave player on the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Kia’s new small SUV surprises with engine power, a futuristic interior design in a surprisingly spacious cabin that uses materials of the highest quality and comes packed with a huge set of technological solutions that makes it stand out. Kia wishes to make an important statement with the new Seltos, targeting tech-savvy young buyers looking for quality in every subsystem of a car as well as distinctive interior and exterior styling and for a comprehensive safety and driver assistance package.


The All New 2021 Kia Seltos at the LA Auto Show


Trims and Powertrain Options Offered with the Kia Seltos

Buyers in the US can choose from among four trim variants, the LX, the EX, the S and the SX and two engine options – a 2-liter, 4-cylinder variant with a CVT that puts out 146 HP, offered as standard with the entry trim and a 1.6-liter, turbo engine, linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and capable of 175 HP, the standard configuration on the three higher trim versions. The entry trim is fitted with front-wheel drive in its standard form, while the three higher trims are all-wheel driven, making the Seltos the right choice for any urban adventure as well as for driving comfortably outside the city, on rugged terrain.

All Seltos models come with a Drive Mode Select button, allowing the driver to select the car behavior that best suits the drive style – the Eco mode is configured to maximize autonomy by saving fuel, the Sport mode offers faster engine response and the Normal mode is the perfect balance between the other two modes.

Interior and Exterior

The Kia Seltos Interior

The futuristic cabin of the Kia Seltos uses the best materials and is as comfortable as it is surprisingly styled, with fluid lines and an ample set of cabin tech. The 10.25-inch display is intuitive and versatile, maximizing connectivity as well as ease of usage and it also features split-screen technology, developed to simultaneously show up to three applications on the screen.

The seats throughout the cabin provide the highest level of comfort. The driver’s seat offers the driver perfect view over the road while also reducing driver fatigue; the two-step reclining rear seats, split 60:40 and can be completely folded whenever more cargo space is needed. The advanced cabin tech features available on the higher trims, such as the 8-inch head-up display that projects driving-related information onto the screen in front of the driver in a gentle way, improve the driving experience even further.

Cabin entertainment is taken by the Seltos to a whole new level, through the superb, 8-speaker audio system from Bose, while cross-platform connectivity for Apple CarPlay as well as for Android Auto is also ensured through Kia’s proprietary system. The line-up is fitted with a unique feature that Kia is very proud of: the sound mood lighting system that offers 6 multicolor and 8 monochrome themes that pulsate to the rhythm of the music played and offers lots of other settings, too.

The Kia Seltos Exterior – Rugged Elegance and Functionality

The long hood, the energy and the power exuded by the front bumper, the sharp lines of the body’s side are all there to make a strong statement. The characteristic tiger-nose grille is another attractive feature that makes the Kia Seltos recognizable wherever it goes, while the robust roof line, combined with the narrowing shape of the window frames gives this small SUV a sporty, energetic appearance. The subtle air of sportiness is further emphasized by the rear bumper that accommodates the exhaust pipe. The full-LED lights in the front and in the rear are narrow, but complex and the rugged, crystal-cut wheels confer the Seltos a confident presence on any road.


The Kia Seltos Safety Package

Safety has always been one of Kia’s top priorities and the Seltos is a superb example of how that commitment is put into practice. The small SUV comes with a wide range of active and passive safety features. The car body made from a combination of aluminum and steel is lightweight and strong and the advanced manufacturing technologies used by Kia ensure that cabin vibrations are kept to the minimum, while maximizing the safety of everyone in the car. Traction control, ABS and ESC are all offered as standard, just like active driver assistant features, such as parking assistance and hill-start assist.

Options and Packages

Seltos LX 2.0L with standard AWD:

• 2.0L with 4-cylinder with 146 HP and 132 lb.-ft. of torque

• Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)

• Dynamax all-wheel drive system

• Drive Mode Select System

• Idle Stop and Go

• 17-inch alloy wheels

• 3.5-inch mono TFT cluster

• Rear camera display

• Auto cruise control

• 6-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats with height adjustment

• 60/40 folding rear seats with multi-angle recline

• Power outside mirrors and door locks with remote

• Power windows with driver’s one-touch auto down function

• Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

• Bluetooth wireless technology

• 6-speaker audio system with 8-inch display

• Rear Seat Occupant Alert (without sensor)

Seltos S 2.0L with standard FWD or available AWD add the following (to LX):

• Roof rails

• Two-tone roof (optional)

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob

• Blue stitching on dash and door panels

• Rear center armrest

• DriveWise features

      o Forward Collision Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection
      o Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
      o Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
      o Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
      o Lane Following Assist (LFA)

Seltos EX 2.0L with standard AWD adds the following (to S 2.0L AWD):

• 17-inch alloy wheels with machine finish

• Sunroof

• SOFINO (artificial leather) seating

• 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support

• Remote start on key fob

• Rear air vents

• LED interior lighting

• Front and rear USB ports

• Wireless charging

• DriveWise features

      o Blindspot Collision Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
      o Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
      o Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

Seltos S 1.6T with standard AWD adds the following (to S 2.0L AWD)

• 1.6L turbocharged GDI with 175 HP and 195 lb.-ft. of torque

• 7-speed DCT

• 18-inch alloy wheels

• DriveWise features

       o Blindspot Collision Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
       o Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
       o Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

Seltos SX 1.6T with standard AWD adds the following (to S 1.6T AWD)

• LED headlamps

• Two-tone roof (optional)

• 7-inch Supervision cluster

• 10.25-inch navigation screen with satellite HD radio and telematics

• Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Go

• BoseTM premium audio system

• Sound connected mood lamp system

• Electronic parking brake

• Drive Wise features

      o Highway Driving Assist (HDA)