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We’ve said it before, and nothing has changed. Yes, the Kia Seltos is already doing well overseas in the automaker’s home country of South Korea, but there is still no word about whether or not the new compact SUV will make its way overseas. The Kia Motors America lineup doesn’t have much in the sense of that particular car segment. The Kia Niro hybrid and its counterparts are crossovers and the Kia Soul is more of a hatchback than anything. With how well the compact SUV is doing, maybe the Kia Seltos will break into the North American market. Regardless, it’s all anyone can talk about, and some test drives have given a more in-depth look at what the Seltos could bring to an already thick market.
The Purr of the Engine
We already know the mechanical specs of the Kia Seltos, equipped with a familiar 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Able to generate 175 horsepower, it’s not much to boast, but Kia Motors has its own lineup in the works for high-performance cars known as the Kia Motors GT-Line. With the engine paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission provides a smooth transition between gears and although the engine won’t roar, it provides the agility of a jungle car when it comes to merging between lanes and driving down the highway.
Riding on 18-inch wheels, the SUV handles bumpy roads, and its 103.5-inch wheelbase helps to keep it sturdy and provide a comfortable ride. To give some form of reference, the Kia Seltos is two inches longer than the Soul and about three shorter than the Niro, so it perfectly fits somewhere in between to fill the current gap Kia Motors has when it comes to a small SUV that isn’t quite a crossover. Plus, with available all-wheel drive and a center locking differential, this is a vehicle built with chops.
My oh my, it sure has been a busy year for Kia Motors. It’s also that time of year, and we’d like to highlight all the good news. We had a good look at all there is to come of Kia Motors in the future, new vehicles, awards, honorable mentions, and new technology. So let’s start the review.
There were a lot of new vehicles announced and unveiled from Kia Motors throughout 2018. Possibly the first to start off 2018 with a bang would be the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and the 2018 Kia Stinger. The new sports car, the Stinger, was its own bundle of joy. The Kia Stinger won many awards, like being named 2018 Shift Vehicle of the Year, and even becoming a Police Cruiser, but we’ll get to that. The real big news for Kia Motors is the new Kia GT Line.
The new 2019 Kia Forte GT and Kia Rio GT will set the standards, followed by the Kia Soul GT and GT variants. On that note, the 2020 Kia Soul and 2020 Kia Soul EV debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2018 LA Auto Show was pretty popular – even the new 2019 Kia Niro EV couldn’t stay away. Of course, Kia Motors also rolled on into the 2018 SEMA Auto Show with Kia Telluride Hybrid SUV concepts.
With Kia Motors changing the focus of their auto brand with a new GT lineup, Kia will soon shake the auto market once again. Just like the automaker did with the Kia Stinger, the vehicle that started it all with its own GT trim, the new GT-Line from Kia will mark a whole new age for the brand. It all begins with the 2019 Kia Forte GT, debuted during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and in Korea prior. Before the GT-Line takes over though, take a look at what makes the new 2019 Kia Forte so great.
For consumers that want a spacious vehicle that is fuel-efficient while delivering performance, the 2019 Kia Forte can foot the bill. Kia Motors is known for making vehicles with spacious cabins, like the Kia Optima and Kia Stinger. The cabin is also pretty comfortable, allowing us to enjoy the 147 horsepower of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine under the hood.
Optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and multi-point injection fuel delivery, this engine comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission that comes standard on the base, but an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic on the rest of the lineup (optional on the base). The engineering lends itself to a fuel economy of 27/37 mpg city/highway for the Forte FE with manual transmission, 31/41 mpg city/highway with the IVT. The rest of the lineup comes with a combined fuel economy of 34 mpg. On average, most consumers will have about 35 mpg over several hundred miles – not bad at all.