Kia releases latest compact SUV: Kia Seltos arrives 20th June!


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The anticipated Kia Seltos compact SUV is finally about to be launched and Kia is prepping the market with pretty enticing advance publicity. See what to look forward to.

We will be seeing the Kia’s new SUV this week; practically in the next few days if Kia’s latest video about the Seltos is to be taken at face value.

Much earlier, the Korean automaker, Kia, gave its many auto users a sneak preview of the upcoming Kia Seltos, though it showed only a hint of what the car would look like then. Just when the anticipation of enthusiasts seems unbearable, Kia made a second unexpected video that featured the new compact SUV in all its hidden glory. It also went further to confirm the official day to finally reveal the car to the whole world, and specifically to fans who have waited patiently.

The big date!

Kia Motors India confirmed that the long awaited date for the revealing of the Seltos will be Thursday 20th of June, so many users can mark that on their calendar. Unlike the previous teaser that Kia released for this still far-off SUV, this recent video showed a lot more and helped assuage the thirst and curiosity thousands of Kia’s customers had built up. One notable thing immediately obvious about this Kia latest car is that it is an SUV that has a super sleek look and shows Kia upped their game and car production line.

Speaking about the Kia Seltos, the car maker said that the design of the car is to entice and be suitable for millennials. In addition, the aim is to have a uniqueness that makes it stand out from its competitors. This has to do with its combination of sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV.”


The Kia Seltos was shrouded in publicity secrecy

This is not the first time the photos and videos of the Seltos have been seen in the run up to Kia’s coming official unveil, as there have been images of the Camouflaged prototypes of conceptual designs of the Kia Seltos, and that basically released the name “Seltos” to customers.

From the spicy images and Kia’s teasers in video format and the recent official video, we were able to see what the exterior design of the car, but sadly and excitingly, nothing about the interior.

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Many are ready to finally see the new Kia Seltos

What we know about Kia Seltos features

Here are a few things we now know about the SUV:

  • Judging from the closer looks at the front and rear pictures of the car, Kia Seltos seems to have slim headlights and ‘tiger nose’ grille which speaks more to its uniqueness.
  • The vehicle looks a bit like the latest Kia Signature which is yet to be unveiled but has an expected 1.4-liter T-GDI turbocharged gas-powered unit that powers out 138 horsepower. It also has a naturally aspired 2.0-liter engine that supplies 147 horsepower. Though, we it is not certain Seltos will have a similar engine.
  • During the latest disclose Kia confirmed that the Seltos cabin will come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting. This seems to be an interesting key point.
  • The compact SUV Seltos will emerge on an identical platform as the Kia Soul so we should expect a similar drivetrain.

2019 Kia SELTOS SUV Teased Ahead of Launch !

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Possible specifications of the Kia Seltos?

Since Kia did not provide the physical and performance (including engine) specifications for the upcoming SUV, one may only really make informed guesses, based on past Kia models in the same segment, and the little we have seen from videos and images.

We should be expecting a similar spec to that of the Kia Soul, which of course is Kia’s very popular crossover. The Kia Soul, specs wise comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four and a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that gives out 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque or with the Soul latter specs, that has 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Some users are also expecting by chance, an engine that is either BS-VI-ready or BS-VI-ready with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine.

Possible price of the Kia Seltos?

Kia vehicles have always been price friendly in Nigeria and all over the world. Since the Seltos is targeted at millennials, price will quickly become a major decider in how much of an impact this vehicle has on the market.  Though, no official price has been given, there is a rumored and expected price range falling between $15,740 (~N5.7 million) and $22,895 (~N8.3 million) for the Kia Seltos. Whether or not this proves to be true, and also whether that proves to be an effective price for its market remains to be seen.

The Seltos will be arriving the US showroom soon; it will be on sale in the Korea market and other top markets around the second half of the year 2019. Nigeria’s is a very important market for Kia in Africa and the Wes-Africa sub-region. That being so, one expects that Kia’s roll out of the Seltos in Nigeria won’t be delayed at all.


The Kia Seltos is targeted at a younger and more modern market

One thing is for sure; the Seltos will be a global model so entry into all markets will happen eventually and hopefully to Kia’s profit.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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