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Kia Seltos Gets Five Star Safety Rating

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What a crazy spin that the Kia Seltos will be coming to American shores for the 2021 model year. Did anyone expect that to happen? Either way, the new crossover has a lot going for it, and the Seltos has many differences when compared with the rest of the lineup that sets it apart. There has also been an information leak about an electric version of the Seltos, but that sadly won’t make it ashore – probably. Either way, every trim of the Kia Seltos recently scored a 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

It should be made clear that the vehicle model tested was the Australian-spec version of the Kia Seltos launched in October 2019, not the to be North American model. However, we can’t see many changes between the Seltos 2020 and 2021 model year changing much except for the powertrains, obviously. In short, the Seltos did very well across multiple categories ANCAP tests for.

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Kia Report Leaks Kia Seltos EV

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Kia Motors has quite the surprise in store during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November 2019. The overseas compact crossover that has been doing so well in India is going to have a global debut after all. During the 2019 LA Auto Show, we got a good look at the U.S. specifications for the new Seltos, with the 2021 model making its way to America. Soon after, as per the pattern for Kia Motors, word is an all-electric Kia Seltos could be added to the lineup by the time the 2021 arrives. If this plan goes into production, the Kia Seltos EV will be joining the Kia Soul EV and the Kia Niro EV as the first pure-electric lineup offered by Kia Motors, a soon-to-be all-electric automaker.

Two powertrains were mentioned for the 2021 Kia Seltos, a now with a 145hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is able to generate up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. The latter is tied to a dual-clutch transmission. Whether or not Kia Motors will supply two different electric powertrains to match this is so far unclear. With the Kia Seltos crossover sitting between the Kia Soul and Kia Sportage in the model lineup, it is possible that the Seltos will receive a similar powertrain.

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Kia Motors in 2019

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Kia Motors is one auto brand that has been really blowing up lately. Whether it’s their newest hybrid and electric vehicles like the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV or the largest SUV in the lineup, the 2020 Kia Telluride, there’s been a lot of news surrounding Kia. 2019 has been a great year and with so many organizations and publications hosting award shows and putting together their best lists, we were happy to see how many Kia vehicles popped up, especially when it came to J.D. Power.

J.D. Power & Associates is a powerful name in the automotive industry, conducting many studies that cover many categories and features of vehicles every year. The Kia Soul ranked as the highest Compact Car by J.D. Power during the Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study that covers audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies, the Kia Forte was named highest ranking in 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study that measures an owner or lessees’ emotional attachment and level of excitement in relation to their vehicle, and the 2018 Kia Stinger received J.D. Power’s first-ever “Engineering Award for the Highest Rated All-New Vehicle” award.

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Kia Reveals Tech Options for 2021 Kia Optima

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Ooooh la la, we finally get to see the 2020 Kia Optima in all its glory! Well, not every detail exactly, but more details have been revealed and that’s cause for celebration. We got a look at the new 2021 Kia Optima in November 2019, but no one could really get too jazzed up about it. After all, Kia Motors was still teasing us with renderings of the new model, but at least the latest information confirmed that a lot of the early concept renderings made it into the final production model. The new Optima is looking pretty rad, and Kia Motors just revealed new information about the upcoming fastback sedan – we’re going to see a lot of new technology.

Yes, yes, and more yes! That’s what we want to hear. Kia Motors has recently stated that the new-generation Kia Optima is bolder, feature-packed, more technologically driven with more safety features and connectivity options. We’re still waiting for Kia to release a good look at the cabin and what the center console for the new Kia Optima looks like, but still no sneak peeks. Even so, Kia Motors has shared plenty of details, stating that the dashboard will be wider and the cabin will feature soft-touch materials. Across the center console, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be installed, along with a wide touchscreen display that is physically attached to the instrument cluster, situated in front of the driver.

There are also some nifty technological additions to the cabin. Kia will be offering the upgrade option of a 10.25-inch touchscreen and for the first-time ever, a powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system. The outside of the new 2021 Kia Optima definitely has a striking appearance and the interior cabin definitely has enough upgrades to match. For a little personalization upon entry, the cabin has a mood lighting feature with soft ambient light emitting from panels in the doors and crash pad. There’s also wireless phone charging, but all of this is pretty standard for the top-tier vehicles today, right?

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Kia Niro EV Is The Green Car to Buy

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The automobile industry is an ever-changing place, and although many automakers are leaning towards self-driving vehicles and autonomous cars, alternative fuel technology is still plugging away at the market, carving out a niche for itself that’s still growing. Sure, Kia Motors may have self-driving cars in five years, and Kia Motors has a cool learning-based smart cruise control system thanks to their involvement in the Hyundai Motor Group, but Kia Motors is also thinking green. Kia Motors has already stated that the automaker is set to become the next all-electric automaker with the new all-electric Kia Futuron concept. Plus, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors together recently achieved a large milestone, having sold one million HEVs over the last ten years (and counting!) The best-selling HEV during that time was none other than the Kia Motors very own, the Kia Niro.

Kia Motors may have changed the industry the day the automaker released the Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid subcompact crossover. The success of the hybrid crossover was so strong, Kia Motors released a plug-in hybrid variant of the Niro in quick succession. Now, the latest addition to the Kia Niro family is the Kia Niro EV, also known as the e-Niro overseas, and this electric subcompact crossover is already seeing much success.

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What Makes the Kia Seltos Different From Other Kia SUVs?

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Now that the Kia Seltos will be undoubtedly coming to America in the next few years, most likely for the 2021 model year, many consumers are beginning to wonder about the differences between this crossover and the already growing selection of hatchbacks, crossovers, and SUVs in the Kia Motors lineup. Some have been quick to point out many similarities between the Kia Seltos and the Kia Sportage SUV, leading some to wonder if we really need another crossover. Don’t be fooled – the Kia Seltos is not only muscular and rugged, but it’s the kind of crossover consumers will want to drive around the city. Let us point out some of the differences that set the Kia Seltos a part from its close-resembling sibling, the Kia Sportage.

Looks Elegant Outside and Roomy Inside

Kia Motors has already slotted the Kia Seltos below the Kia Sportage in terms of size, hence it being a crossover and not an SUV. Even so, with the smaller frame of the Seltos, the crossover takes on a boxy look similar to that of the large SUV, the 2020 Kia Telluride. This gives the crossover a more muscular look that could easily land it a spot in the subcompact SUV class. Keeping up with the differences to set itself apart, the Kia Seltos will be available with cool two-tone exterior color schemes with either a black or white roof.

Big things come in small packages, or that’s what they say. Well, the saying is true for the Kia Seltos. Even with its compact size, with the rear seats folded down, consumers get 62.8 cubic-feet to work with. That’s more than you’ll find in the Kia Sportage. The Seltos even has a little more head and legroom in the front and rear of the cabin.

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Rendering Artists Share Vision of New Kia Sorento

 

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There hasn’t been much talk about the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento since the prototype was first spotted in the summer of 2019. Sure, there have been some spy shots and quick looks at the vehicle, but most of it in camouflage. Sure, we see the basic size and shape of the vehicle, but with all the recently appearing design cues in the Kia Motors lineup, surely there’s more to the new Sorento than meets the eye. And so the rendering artists from the Russian website Kolesa took their digital paintbrush and rendered what the new crossover could like under all those sheets. Could this be the new 2021 Kia Sorento?

A Rendering

A rendering is a rendering, and that’s all it ever will be. Let’s point this out now, especially because it’s an unofficial render. Whether or not this is the future of the popular Kia crossover we can’t say with 100-percent certainty. We can say, given all of the information about the new designs Kia Motors is implementing in its vehicles, such as a shift from the tiger-nose grille to a tiger-face front fascia, these artists were able to give the render some realistic appeal with all the clues and spy shots that teased the new Sorento design.

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Kia Seltos Coming to America After All

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When the 2020 Kia Seltos first made its appearance overseas, it was unclear if the new crossover from Kia would make it to North America. After all, many automakers tend to release vehicles in their home country that are never made available in the North American market, or just not the U.S. There were a lot of interesting configurations and much more potential for the Seltos in the Indian market, and with the already large selection of SUVs and crossovers Kia Motors has in the U.S. market, it didn’t seem necessary. Well, after the 2019 LA Auto Show commenced, Kia announced that yes, the Kia Seltos will be added to its growing lineup in the North American market. During the show, we also finally got a look at some of the U.S. specs.

2020 Kia Seltos U.S. Specs

Thankfully when vehicles come stateside, their lineup is trimmed down and configured to what those consumers look for. The 2020 Kia Seltos in the Indian market comes with a number of trims, eight in total, each with another variation depending on the engine choice and transmission. Consumers in America still get plenty of choices, but it’s more standardized. The U.S. Kia Seltos will come in five trim levels with two engine options and the choice of a front- or all-wheel drivetrain.

The powertrain choices are of course different, now with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the standard, able to generate 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the 2020 Kia Seltos will also be a continuously variable transmission. The torque may seem like a smaller number in comparison with the Indian market Seltos, able to generate 184 lb-ft of torque with a 115-horsepower 1.5-liter diesel engine, but don’t fret. A smaller, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the next option up on the 2020 Kia Seltos U.S. list of powertrains, and this little turbo can generate up to 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. It’s also tied to a dual-clutch transmission.

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2020 Kia Telluride Makes it to Finals in 2020 NACTOY

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Back in August, the list for eligible vehicles being entered into the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards was released. Out of these eligible vehicles were 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Telluride, both able to win the awards in their respective segments. As we draw ever nearer to the date of the awards, January 13, 2020, the semi-finalists round has passed and jurors are narrowing down the list for the final vehicles with a chance to win an award. If you haven’t gotten tired of all the good news for the 2020 Kia Telluride, then you’re in luck! The 2020 Kia Telluride was named one of three finalists for the 2020 NACTOY at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

“The Telluride is the first Kia vehicle designed specifically for the U.S. market and the impact it has made while reintroducing the Kia brand to Americans is nothing short of incredible…Demand for Telluride continues to outpace supply ten months after our flagship SUV first arrived in showrooms, and we are honored that Kia has been named a finalist for the prestigious North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award.” – Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA).

All vehicles entered into the NACTOY awards must (1) be an all-new model, or still early in its production run and (2) be available at dealerships within a reasonable time from the announcement of the awards, usually before the end of the year. Then, it’s up to a panel of 50 judges to months driving dozens of new vehicles throughout the year. Even with the red-hot competition this year, especially for the tough utility category with a variety of mainstream and luxury vehicles, three-row crossovers, and a new electric SUV, the large Kia Motors SUV made it into the final round. This year, the field of semi-finalists included 12 models in the utility category that the Telluride won out over.

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