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The Kia Seltos compact SUV started overseas, but it soon made its way stateside, and a lot of consumers are showing interest. It’s easy to see why the Kia Seltos offers a lot of great features and options. Starting from a great price of $21,990 (plus destination fee), it’s a great budget car, and with just five trims, Kia Corp makes sure every trim is as good as the last. Take a look at some of these great features.
Available five trims – LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo – the base LX trim comes with the modern standards of technology and performance, starting with an 8-inch touchscreen, an MP3/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth calling, voice recognition, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eye Free, a rear-camera display, and steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and phone controls, and a six-speaker system. This level of entertainment quickly goes up and ends with UVO Link on a 10.25-inch touchscreen with remote connectivity, voice-command navigation, SiriusXM, and a Bose premium audio system on the SX Turbo trim.(more…)
We learned about the new 2021 Kia Sonet, another vehicle making a global release from Kia Motors. We’re pretty excited that the South Korean automaker is starting to make this move of sharing more new models with its international markets, especially here in the U.S. Kia Motors is no stranger when it comes to America – this automaker competes with the big boys, and the more cool concepts they bring our way, the better. Following quickly on the heels of two new additions, the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV and 2020 Kia Seltos Compact SUV, the 2021 Kia Sonet joins the family, another compact SUV but the baby of the family. Check out all of the highlights!
Kia Motors is definitely changing it up with the powertrain when it comes to the Kia Sonet. There are just so many options – three engines, five transmissions, and the Sonet comes with Kia Motors new Smartstream six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT). There are two gasoline engines, the versatile Smartstream 1.2-liter four-cylinder and a 1.0 Turbocharged engine with Gasoline Direct Injection. For those looking for a cleaner burn, there’s also a diesel option, the efficient 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine. Between these three engines, consumers may have the option for a five- or six-speed manual transmission, an intuitive seven-speed DCT, a six-speed automatic, or Kia’s revolutionary new six-speed Smartstream iMT. If that doesn’t sound like enough personalization, the Sonet also offers Multi-Drive and Traction Modes for added convenience, driver-confidence, and safety.
Kia Motors is one automaker that is quick to bounce back after the shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the world is still bracing the virus, Kia Motors is doing its best to aid local communities. Its MoceanLab experiment kicked things into high gear, and it’s already proving how effective purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) may be. While Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group continue to expand, organizations and publications are starting to put together their Best Of lists now that we’re well into the second half of the year. The latest accolade for Kia Motors comes from WardsAuto, landing on the Wards 10 Best UX list for 2020.
That “UX” is short for User Experience, and Kia Motors is definitely known for giving its consumers a taste of luxury in a non-luxury brand vehicle. The Kia Stinger was a fine example of this, able to give consumers performance, style, and technology for a fraction of the price. It’s one of the reasons the Kia Stinger won so many awards during its first year of release. Now, a fresh face has come out of the gates, a compact SUV that goes by the name of the Kia Seltos. This is a compact SUV with so much to love.
At first, it wasn’t clear whether or not the Kia Seltos, the compact SUV from Kia Motors, would have a global release following its debut. Many automakers tend to release vehicles only in their home market (South Korea for Kia) or in international markets with different regulations and standards. First released in India, then Australia, the Kia Seltos quickly became a hit overseas. So much so, the Kia Seltos came to America. The 2020 Kia Seltos has amazing features, and just the other day, Autotrader has recognized Kia Seltos and placed it on it’s “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates” list. We know with the current state of the world, many graduates are missing out on graduation, a milestone that will never come again. What better way to cheer up a college grad with a new set of wheels once people are out and about?
“Kia’s new Seltos SUV has exactly what grads will be looking for in a car that transports them to the next phase of life…Kia’s super-long warranty, low price and generous standard features make the Seltos a small SUV that can weather just about any storm. We like that all-wheel drive is standard on nearly every model and that the overall footprint is small, but the interior feels very spacious.” – Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader
To be placed on Autotrader’s “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2020” list, the Kia Seltos impressed editors with its combination of elegance and upscale feel while also having a rugged feel to it that gives it a refined style like no other. Well-engineered as a sports utility vehicle, it’s not too big, but can handle a variety of lifestyles and adventures. Spacious and offering great tech options, the interior comes with reclining rear seat functionality for storing cargo, available leather-wrapped steering wheel for a little more comfort on long drives, and an available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen with an available 8-speaker Bose premium sound system.
With many places in South Florida in lockdown until mid-April, it may seem a bit tough to find anything to look forward to. For those that are binge-watching shows, or streaming with commercials, some consumers may have seen another type of commercial playing that doesn’t remind us of how grim things look. Kia Seltos commercials are continuing to play to show off everything this vehicle has to offer and highlights many of its great features. Some of which is its safety, other commercials highlight the all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability of the 2020 Kia Seltos, like the ad below. Think of it as a mental escape.
Seems great, doesn’t it? A Dynamax AWD system with a lock mode can be found as the standard drivetrain setup on most 2020 Kia Seltos trims. The S trim is the only trim to come standard with Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) but consumers can still upgrade to get AWD if they so choose. Now that we know how easy it is to get an All-Wheel Drivetrain, let’s look at the engine options that will be supplying all that torque that makes AWD worth it.
Ever since the new Kia Seltos has been revealed, Kia Motors has been releasing more and more teases of the vehicle. In some ways, it feels a little redundant after the Kia Seltos was spotted in all its naked glory back in May 2019. Said to have a global release, this new compact SUV from Kia Motors should show up in the states, but so far a lot of the focus for the new Seltos comes from Kia Motors India where it’s making the most noise at the moment. As the world debut for the SUV draws closer, the Korean automaker releases one more sneak peek.
Sketches and Spy Shots
At first, there wasn’t a whole lot to go on when it came to the new Seltos concept. Kia Motors released a piece of sketch art like the one seen above. Compact and technologically advanced, the initial sketches provided us with an SUV that had a modern and urban look, like the Kia Soul, while also standing out with sharp lines and a strong stance. There was also a little upscale feel with LED headlights that draw one’s attention to the new “tiger nose” grille design that’s been popping up. The new dashboard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display was also a nice touch with the 3D render (below). As it would seem, the sketches were more than concepts, because spy shots of the new Seltos looked like a real-life replica of what was promised on paper.
Even though the Seltos was spotted on the road, Kia Motors is still having fun with its teaser campaign. The first came in the form of a flashy video that showed off some of the highlight exterior features of the new compact SUV. Cue a close-up of the LED lights in the front and rear, the new grille and spoiler, and a quick look at the front fascia to bring it to a close.
The spinning die and the tagline “You never know what comes next” with that music is enough to get the blood pumping a bit, if not raise intrigue. Just this week, on June 14, Kia Motors India published another video to their YouTube channel. The video shows us some of the footage seen earlier in the above video but has a few extra shots along with someone working on etching out the emblem. It all comes to a close with a bunch of grey confetti being blow across the SUV, like blowing the dust off a newly finished project.
The good news is, we won’t have to wait much longer. According to Kia Motors India, the new Kia Seltos will finally be officially revealed on June 20, 2019. Even with these exposing teasers, nothing will do a new vehicle justice like an official debut. The Kia Seltos is shaping up to be a very sleek-looking SUV and a worthy addition to the ever-expanding Kia Motors lineup.
You can be sure we’ll have a follow up with the reveal once all the details are out. Follow along on Miami Lakes Kia social media to learn more about the new Kia Seltos.