Kia wants to set new quality standards in the small SUV market.
Last month, Kia introduced us to the all-new Seltos, the Korean automaker’s latest small SUV. Inspired by the SP Concept, the Seltos stands out from the compact SUV crowd with its long hood, full LED headlights and taillights, and sharp design lines. Surprisingly, however, Kia didn’t release any photos of the interior, with the exception of a teaser sketch released back in May – until now. Published on Kia's Korean consumer website, the photos show off the small SUV’s slick cabin, which features a "broad, sweeping dashboard,” high-quality materials, and loads of tech.
Being aimed at tech-savvy millennials, the cabin is supremely high-tech. Dominating the dashboard is a large 10.25-inch floating infotainment screen with navigvation while Kia’s Sound Mood Lighting tech provides a soothing ambiance. An eight-speaker Bose premium sound system is also available for audiophiles.
Other available tech includes a color head-up display, a seven-inch TFT multifunction display, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility for multiple devices, wireless hone charging, and a rear USB charge port. For a small SUV, the Kia Seltos is surprisingly luxurious - there are even heated seats in both the front and rear rows.
Kia hasn’t confirmed interior options for the US yet. However, Korean customers will have a choice of three cabin colors: black, burgundy, and brown. As for the exterior, six single-tone finishes will be available including black, white, silver, grey, orange and blue. If you want to inject some extra style, five dual-tone options are on offer: white, grey, orange, blue and yellow, which all come with a contrasting black roof.
Kia has also confirmed the available driver assists for the Seltos in Korea, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and navigation-based adaptive cruise control.
Three engine options will be on offer for the Seltos and will likely vary in different markets. These include a 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged gasoline engine producing 175 horsepower, a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine producing 147 hp, and a 1.6-liter diesel engine producing 134 hp. Likewise, there will be as many as three automatic transmission options including a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a continuously variable transmission. Kia hasn’t confirmed US availability yet, but the Seltos is slated to go on sale in global markets from the second half of 2019.