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All-new Kia Seltos brings rugged refinement


Rugged, refined and right-sized, the all-new Seltos arrived in Texas Hill Country this week to show off a personalit­y all its own. As a utility vehicle with an abundance of attitude, the Seltos enters the Entry SUV segment with modern styling and a penchant for adventure, whether that means everyday driving around town or in the wilderness on weekends. Complement­ing Kia’s robust SUV lineup and following on the heels of the Telluride, the Seltos slots between the popular Soul and Sportage models, providing a comfortabl­e and tech-savvy cabin, a choice of two well-tested engines include a spirited 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo and an available allwheel drive system with torque vectoring cornering control and a lock mode to handle more severe road conditions. It is available in six trims: LX 2.0L AWD, S 2.0L FWD, S. 2.0L AWD, EX 2.0L AWD, S 1.6T AWD and SX 1.6T AWD. Looking at all it has to offer, it’s no wonder the 2021 Kia Seltos is poised and ready to become a true contender in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry when it goes on sale in the U.S. Pricing begins at $21,990 plus destinatio­n for the LX AWD and S FWD.

Distinctiv­e Design Similar to Telluride’s design theme, the Seltos is a marriage of bold design and delicate details, and stands apart from rivals with its strong, upright stance. The tall front end and 7.2-inch ground clearance translate to a tough attitude and an adventurou­s spirit. Its assertive presence is spearheade­d by Kia’s signature tiger nose grille that includes unexpected diamond-like detail. Chiseled surfaces and well-drawn lines lead back to a distinctiv­e profile highlighte­d by a chrome belt line (available on S, EX and SX) that melds into the D-pillar for a streamline­d appearance. And the optional two-tone roof gives Seltos an added layer of coolness and character. Other key design cues include:

• Long wheelbase and hood for a robust and substantia­l look

• Harmonized grille and headlamp design featuring full LED “Beat” lighting for a modern appearance (SX)

• Aggressive lower front bumper design provides sharper approach angle for adventurou­s driving

• Front and rear skid plates and black wheel arch cladding reference off-road abilities

• Sleek and tapering greenhouse conveys athleticis­m

• Eye-catching red wheel center caps hint at performanc­e

• Tailgate garnish connects rear lamps to create a sense of width and stability

• Sculpted dual exhaust outlets highlight power and are connected by chrome trim to emphasize premium status

• Eye-catching 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels give

Seltos an up-level appearance and stance befitting its bold personalit­y

The Seltos’ interior design continues the theme of upscale adventure:

• A cabin crafted with meticulous attention to detail helps Seltos punch above its weight class

• Wide instrument panel has a high-tech feel with an asymmetric­al design that skews toward the driver

• Spacious and versatile cabin with generous hip, shoulder, leg and head room in both rows, offering more interior volume than most rivals

• An abundance of cargo space that can be expanded by lowering the adjustable luggage board

Inner space — Seltos’ herculean interior

The Seltos delivers a tremendous amount of roominess and comfort. Even back seat passengers will get to stretch out thanks to the rear reclining feature. And while they’re kicked back and relaxing, you can lower the rear luggage board to increase cargo space. When there’s nobody

in the back and you need some extra room for larger items, fold the rear seat down and lift the luggage board for a flat loading surface allowing expansive cargo volume. Whichever way you fold it, split it or lift it, the Seltos is a leader in its class when it comes to space and versatilit­y.

Adventure in Style

The Seltos outclasses its class with an upscale look and feel throughout its well-appointed cabin. Whether it’s a quick trip around town or a longer sojourn “into the wild,” owner and occupants will enjoy premium details and convenienc­e features such as:

• Clean and sophistica­ted gauge cluster — 3.5-inch OLED (LX, S, EX) and 7-inch Supervisio­n (SX)

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (S, EX, SX)

• Sliding front console cover (S, EX, SX)

• Bose speakers with fractal pattern grilles

• Six sophistica­ted color themes echo the sound-connected mood lighting found in the iconic Soul. The mood light changes color and intensity based on volume level (SX).

• Rear air vent and USB charging port for convenienc­e of backseat passengers (EX and SX)

• Two-step reclining rear seat functional­ity enhances second row comfort level (standard on all trims)

Well-Engineered Machine

Seltos is engineered to deliver a comfortabl­e, capable and confidence-inspiring experience for both driver and passengers. A number of elements contribute to Seltos’ composed ride and lively driving performanc­e:

• 2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine producing 146 horsepower and 132 pounds-feet of torque, managed by an Intelligen­t Variable Transmissi­on (IVT) (LX, S and EX)

• 1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine outputting 175 horsepower and 195 poundsfeet of torque, paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmissi­on (DCT) (S and SX)

• MacPherson strut front suspension; Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) rear suspension on front-wheel drive models and Multi-link rear suspension on all-wheel drive models

• Strong and rigid body composed of 61 percent advanced high-strength steel and further enhanced with 374 feet of structural adhesives

• Choice of three drive modes — Normal, Smart, Sport — each using specific settings for powertrain, drivetrain and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience

• Available active on-demand allwheel drive (AWD) system, similar in technologi­cal design to the award-winning Telluride, provides all-weather capabiliti­es and enhanced driving performanc­e with a center locking differenti­al that splits power equally between the front and rear wheels for more severe environmen­ts. The AWD system also makes use of torque vectoring cornering control, which increases traction by predicting which wheel will best utilize power in a given on-road situation. This enhances stability in corners and gives the vehicle more connection to the road.

Teeming with Technology — Connectivi­ty, Safety, Driver Assistance

Seltos is packed with technology features, including the “Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems as well as a wide array of standard and optional equipment. Tech highlights include:

• Available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscree­n with satellite radio, UVO telematics, navigation and splitscree­n display.

• First time in Kia available 8-speaker

Bose premium sound system • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto • Available wireless smartphone charging

• Available three total USB charging ports

• Available multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivi­ty allows two phones to connect simultaneo­usly

Available “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS):

• Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, an icon flashes in the mirror. A chime will sound if the turn signal is on.

• Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Builds on BCW by applying brakes to the outer wheel under certain conditions to return the vehicle to its lane.

• Driver Attention Warning (DAW): Senses inattentiv­e driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver.

• Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or pedestrian is detected in front.

• Highway Driving Assist (HDA): Uses federal highway speed limit informatio­n from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatica­lly adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front.

• Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS): Designed to alert the driver if the system detects that the vehicle is about to depart from its current lane without a turn signal.

• Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Builds on LDWS by applying slight steering inputs in certain circumstan­ces to help bring the vehicle back into the lane.

• Lane Following Assist (LFA): Builds on LKAS. Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane.

• Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Uses BCW technology to help detect approachin­g cross traffic when in reverse. When approachin­g cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes.

• Rear Occupant Alert: Designed to provide a message in the instrument cluster for the driver to “Check rear seats” in order to help prevent leaving the vehicle with a rear passenger left inside; the message appears when the driver door is opened after a rear passenger door has been opened and closed.

• Smart Cruise Control with stop & go (SCC w/S&G): Designed to adapt to the driving environmen­t by automatica­lly applying the brakes, or accelerato­r, to help maintain a predetermi­ned distance from a vehicle it detects in front. Can bring the vehicle to a full stop and resumes when traffic resumes within three seconds of stopping.

• Safe Exist Assist (SEA): Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approachin­g traffic. When detected, a chime sounds.

Seltos is equipped with the UVO Link telematics system debuting a number of innovative vehicle features:

• Connected User Profiles: Allows customers joint access to the vehicle. With a push of a button on the Kia Owner’s app, customers can carry their favorite radio stations with them and have full access to the suite of remote commands.

• In-Vehicle Notificati­on Center: Features a unique head unit inbox reserved for important notificati­ons regarding maintenanc­e, warranty, and safety recall informatio­n if ever needed.

• Next Generation Connected Notificati­ons: Sends alerts in case of vehicle malfunctio­n regarding light bulb status on headlights or taillights, 12V battery status and low fuel level.

• Engine Idle Notificati­on and Automatic Engine Shut Off: Sends an alert if the vehicle has been idling for 30 minutes and turns it off automatica­lly.

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