2020 Kia Seltos

KOREAN car maker Kia has announced that Seltos will be the name of its new global compact SUV. Due to be launched in the summer, the Kia Seltos will bring sophistication and assertiveness to the compact SUV segment.

The name of the Kia Seltos is inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of Celtos, the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtos, the ‘S’ in the vehicle’s adapted name implies speed and sportiness.

It also aligns the name with the branding of the other SUVs in the Kia range, the Sportage and the Sorento. The Seltos has been created specifically for the millennial generation, or that’s what Kia is hoping.

It’s meant to stand apart from its rivals with a combination of sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV – all in a compact package. Such has been the thinking behind the unique look of the newly named offering.

The Seltos offers sophisticated exterior design details, such as its long hood, a strong, character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork. Its robust shoulder line, matched with a glasshouse which tapers towards the rear of the car.

It also features a rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect, which lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. Aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers, the cabin is characterised by broad, sweeping shapes and highly technical details.

Equipped with a range of technologies to maximise convenience, connectivity and ease of use, the bold design of the cabin incorporates a high-tech 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting.

Kia Motors is extending its range of SUVs to fulfil the needs of customers in every market, with the new model bringing many of Kia’s strengths – in design, quality and technology – to the compact SUV segment for the first time.

The Kia Seltos will be revealed later this month, with sales in Korea and other regions to follow in the second half of 2019.

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