And it now also has a name.
We’ve known for some time that Kia is working on a new compact crossover to slot between the Sportage and Soul. Camouflaged prototypes have been spotted in the past and Kia recently teased the new model with some promising sketch designs. And now Kia’s new small SUV has been caught completely undisguised potentially months before the official reveal during a photo shoot, and it looks very sleek. Thanks to the photos, we now also know the name of Kia’s new SUV: say hello to the Seltos. It’s worth noting, however, that it might be sold with a different name in other markets.
The Seltos spied posing for its photo shoot can be seen in a two-tone finish of white and gloss black, giving it a premium look. At the front of the crossover is a black grille with a silver surround as well as a set of LED headlights with an unusual shape. Silver and black wheels with red center caps also give the SUV a sporty appearance.
Overall, the design looks a lot like the sketches Kia released a few weeks ago, so there's no doubt that we're looking at the production model. The design was also previewed by the stylish SP Concept earlier this year, which has an identical front and rear. At the back, the Seltos features sharp taillights connected by a piece of silver trim, a silver rear diffuser and a pair of faux tailpipes on the rear bumper.
While we didn’t receive any photos of the interior, sketches released by Kia give us a good idea of what to expect, including an infotainment screen that stretches out of the dashboard, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an instrument cluster combining analog dials with a central display.
Since the Seltos will be the Hyundai Kona crossover's sibling, it will sit on the same platform as the Kia Soul. Expect a range of powertrain options, including a 2.0-liter inline-four and a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four. 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.
Kia has confirmed the Seltos will be revealed in the summer, so we may still have to wait a few more weeks for the official debut. The good news is that Kia's new small SUV is also expected to be sold in America.