Unfortunately for Kia, we’ve already seen it completely naked.
We’re potentially just a few days away from the world debut of Kia’s new compact SUV, the Seltos. Ahead of its unveiling, Kia has released a new teaser video for the Seltos that gives us a sneak peek at some of the design details.
We get to see the SUV’s LED headlights and taillights, as well as the "tiger nose” front grille and the alloy wheels during the striptease. Unfortunately for Kia, however, we’ve already seen the new Seltos completely naked thanks to leaked photos of the SUV taken during a recent photo shoot.
The Kia Seltos’ quirky styling is designed to appeal to millennials and looks very similar to the SP Concept, featuring a long hood and sharp design lines that give it a sporty look. Kia says the Seltos set itself apart from its rivals thanks to a "combination of sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV.”
We still haven’t seen the interior, but Kia has already confirmed the cabin will be equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting.
Powertrain options haven’t been confirmed yet, but we’re expecting the Seltos to be offered with a 2.0-liter inline-four and a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four since it rides on the same platform as the Kia Soul. In the Soul, the former delivers 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque and the latter produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
A reveal date for the Kia Seltos hasn’t been confirmed, but Kia says it will debut this summer before going on sale in the second half of 2019. This isn’t the end of Kia’s SUV onslaught, either. The Korean automaker has already lifted the wraps off the full-size Telluride and is currently developing the next-generation Sorento.