Kia Seltos AWD unveiled at LA Auto Show

Kia Seltos

Kia Motors has showcased the Seltos at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The SUV will be reportedly launched in the United States of America in 2020 and occupy the space between the already available Kia Soul and Kia Sportage.

The US-spec Kia Seltos comes with two petrol engine options. There is a 2.0-litre motor making 146 hp and 179 Nm of torque. The powertrain is offered with an IVT. The other engine is a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit delivering 176 hp and 264 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a 7-speed DCT. The SUV also gets AWD (all-wheel drive).

The US-spec Kia Seltos.

Kia Seltos was launched in India in August 2019. It has already become a table-topper with 26,840 units sold in less than three months. It is priced between Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 16.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Unlike the US-spec Seltos, the SUV gets three engine options in India — 1.5-litre petrol (115 PS and 144 Nm), 1.5-litre VGT diesel (115 PS and 250 Nm) and 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol (140 PS and 242 Nm). All the mills get a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The automatic transmissions include an IVT for 1.5-litre petrol, 6-speed AT for 1.5-litre VGT diesel and 7-speed DCT for 1.4-litre Turbo GDI petrol. However, there is no AWD.

There is not much difference between the design of the Seltos on sale in India and the one which will be available in the US, with the latter featuring tiger-nose front grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs and LED fog lamps, LED taillights.