First Look: The Kia Seltos Crossover

The Kia Seltos, the automaker’s new small crossover, has been spotted undisguised during a commercial shoot for the car. The Seltos, which appears to be sized between the Kia Soul and the Kia Sportage, features a black grille with a silver surround and uniquely-shaped headlights, as well as silver and black wheels with red center caps.

The design of the Seltos, which was previewed by the SP Concept earlier this year, includes a set of detailed taillights connected by a silver trim, a silver rear diffuser and faux tailpipes on the rear bumper. A sketch shown last month previewed the cabin and revealed an infotainment screen stretched out of the dashboard, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an instrument cluster that included analog dials with a central display.

Given its size, the Seltos will probably have the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and turbocharged 1.6-liter engines as the Kia Soul and Forte. The naturally aspirated engine generates 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, and the turbo engine delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter engine model will probably feature a CVT, while the 1.6-liter engine will possibly include a dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is likely, though it is uncertain if it will be available on every trim and powertrain combination.

Kia Motors Corporation, headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company. The automaker had revenues of just under $50 billion U.S. dollars. As of December 2015, the Kia Motor Corporation is minority-owned by Hyundai, which holds a 33.88% stake with an estimated value of over $6 billion. Kia, in turn, is a minority owner of more than twenty Hyundai subsidiaries ranging from 4.9% up to 45.37%, totaling more than US$8.3 billion.

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The Seltos will allow Kia to enter the competitive crossover segment. Along with the Hyundai Kona, it'll compete directly with the Mazda CX-3, Subaru XV, Nissan Qashqai and Honda HR-V. The Kia Seltos is expected to debut in South Korea this summer before reaching global markets in the second half of the year. It is unclear if the SUV will be sold in North America.

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