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The 2022 Kia Seltos Offers More Standard Features

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The Kia Seltos took us all by surprise. This subcompact SUV first toured in India, and we weren’t sure if it would stay overseas or come to the states, but in late 2019, Kia announced that U.S. arrival of the Kia Seltos. Now in its 2022 model year, with a starting MSRP of $22,490 (plus destination fee), this would be a good time to know that the Kia Seltos is possibly one of a kind, where the base trim shines just as brightly as the rest of the lineup.

Powertrain

Made up of five trims, the LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX, the first three trims are all powered by the same 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 engine, able to generate 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The base trim would be the Kia Seltos LX. This is the trim we want to focus on, so for the engine type, this is all you need to know.

Engineering

Here is where things start to get interesting. Standard on the Kia Seltos is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The LX is also one of the select trims to come with all-wheel drive (AWD) standard. Even with this drivetrain, the fuel economy is still strong, with an EPA-rated 27 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.

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2022 Kia Seltos Adds Nightfall Edition

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The Kia Seltos is a compact SUV from Kia Corp that was first released in India and then went global. Soon after, the Seltos quickly made a name for itself, earning a spot on the Wards 10 Best UX list for 2020. Its popularity rising, the Seltos was almost a match for another SUV that shook the Kia Corp lineup – the Kia Telluride. Winning awards left and right, Kia released a special edition of the large SUV – the Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition. Like many automakers, there is always some sort of “blacked-out” package that makes everything, including the badges and decals, black. For 2022, the Kia Seltos joins the club with the Seltos NightFall Edition.

Sold as a new trim level, consumers won’t have to choose which trim to get if they’re just looking for the Nightfall aesthetic. This means getting gloss black roof rails and rugged side sills, a black grille, gloss black emblems – including the new “Kia” logo – with 18-inch matte black alloy wheels and possibly gloss black skid plates. If curious about the differences between this and the version on the Telluride, the Telluride came with some extra bits specific to the SUV and was an add-on package. This meant consumers could choose what trim level they wanted to add the package to. This package includes gloss black greenhouse trim/lower door side molding, gloss black front bumper side air-duct garnish, a new radiator grill in black, LED headlamps and fog lamps with black inner bezel, and 20-inch wheels.

On the one hand, having a trim level works. With the powertrain not changing much from last year, having a new style choice will draw some new consumers. A 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine able to produce 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque is a good start, but the Kia Seltos Nightfall Edition is locked into the 175hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive (AWD). Whether the NightFall Edition will be available in other colors has not yet been discussed. This means having the above-mentioned components in black while having the rest of the body another color for contrast or to make those components stand out. When Kia offered the NightFall Edition on the Kia Telluride, consumers could also choose Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, and Wolf Gray for the paint job.

New style isn’t the only upgrade for the 2022 Kia Seltos. As always, Kia Corp is constantly making vehicles safer, and this year, every Kia Seltos gets the benefits of more standard advanced automatic safety features. These include forward collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, lane follow assist, and automatic high beams. This is a step up from last year, keeping many of the goodies from the base trim, the LX. Pricing for the 2022 Kia Seltos is estimated at $22,490 (plus destination fee), with the Nightfall Edition at $26,690 (plus destination fee). It’s a sweet deal for the turbocharged engine and AWD, plus the aesthetic appeal of a blacked-out compact SUV.

Find your new Kia Seltos at Miami Lakes Automall Kia and look for the Nightfall edition in 2022.

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