The new Kia Seltos has been officially unveiled at a special event in Delhi, India.
Han-Woo Park, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, explained why the new crossover was introduced exactly in India.
He said the Seltos was an important vehicle for Kia, as it would play a central role in expanding the presence of the brand in India.
Park talked about Kia’s global expansion, so the Seltos will be on sale worldwide, including the USA. Pre-series prototypes first has been seen on American roads.
The motor range will include the third-generation gasoline and diesel engines. The model comes with two gasoline units – a T-GDI 1.6-liter 177-hp turbocharged one and an atmospheric 2.0-liter 149-hp motor. A 1.6-liter diesel producing 136 hp is offered too.
Depending on the market, the Kia Seltos will be avalable with three automatic gearbox options: 7DCT, 6AT or CVT.
The new crossover is aimed at young, tech-savvy buyers and is equipped with the newest equipment and safety systems.
The prices have not been announced yet. Judging by the engines and equipment levels, the SUV won’t be cheap.
It will be made for different regions at two Kia production sites – in the Anantapur region, Andhra Pradesh, India, and in Gwangju, South Korea.
The model goes on sale in world markets from the second half of 2019.