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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.
The Seoul Motor Show is well underway, from March 31 to April 7, and although most automakers will be revealing Chinese Auto Market exclusives, not all of them stay there. Mitsubishi Motors eventually brought the Outlander PHEV to American Shores, and the Jeep Commander, thought to be an only overseas vehicle, is being used as the platform for a new crossover from Fiat Chrysler. With Kia Motors becoming an automaker that can steal the spotlight at any auto show, it’s very possible that the vehicles they’re bringing to Seoul won’t stay there. After all, their Imagine by Kia showcase at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show promises a lot of changes going forward.
2019 Seoul Motor Show
During the 2019 Seoul Motor Show, Kia Motors introduced two new concepts that can land in either the SUV or crossover car segment. On the larger end of things, a three-row SUV concept with some off-road style is known as the “Kia Masterpiece”. Built to be a large and rugged SUV, the Kia Masterpiece actually looks like it could be built on the same platform as the Telluride. With its cross-functionality and the multiple versions we’ve seen of the Kia Telluride at auto shows, the Masterpiece may be an example of what one could do with the Telluride here in the states.
For the Motor Show, the Kia Masterpiece features a full LED light-up grille, and the trademark tiger-nose grille is extended outward to complement this. Faux integrated tailpipes can be found in the rear, but the off-road components are the components gaining some interest. Skid plates seem have been equipped all around the undercarriage of the vehicle, the Masterpiece has a larger ride height than most of the Kia Motors crossover/SUV lineup, and there’s a little more space in the wheel wells for suspension travel.
Kia Motors has been kicking butt recently, and with the 2018 model year well underway, we’re looking forward to some of their new vehicles fast approaching. Kia Stinger, we’re looking at you! Until then though, there are plenty of great vehicles to choose from. Possibly their largest lineup would be Kia crossovers, SUVs, and minivans. Give them a look.
Although it feels like more of a compact car, the Kia Soul is a crossover by Kia Motors standards. Available in three trims, the Kia Soul (base), Kia Soul Plus (+), and Kia Soul Exclaim (!), it’s tough to not get a great vehicle. Each is powered by a different engine, ranging from 130-201 horsepower, and each engine is paired to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With standard features, the fuel economy of the Kia Soul is 24/30 city/highway mpg.
It goes without saying the Kia Soul has style, but without looking closer, consumers may not know that a panoramic sunroof with a sunshade is available, and that privacy glass and solar glass come standard. Inside, the Kia Soul + and Kia Soul ! come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen, but can be updated to an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation; the base trim can also be upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen and UVO eServices. All vehicles have Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Many other features are left as an option for the Soul + and Soul !, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic temperature control, and various advanced safety features. MSRP starting at $16,100.
The Soul has been one of Kia’s most successful models, and it has become a consumer favorite crossover. It’s just different and playful while at the same time being an excellent value.
This year, Kia introduced the Soul EV, an electric version of the car that packs all the same perks as the original and offers an environmentally-friendly option for drivers.
But why stop there when there are possibilities for so many fun versions? At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Kia brought a variation that many people would definitely like to see in production.
Created at Kia’s design center in Irvine, California, the Trail’ster concept is a Soul for outdoorsy types. It retains the chic presence that makes it such a popular choice for urban living but adds the ability to take things off the pavement as well.