Kia’s widespread Seltos small SUV is getting a mid-life nip-and-tuck.
Exterior adjustments seem like the usual fare, together with restyled entrance and rear bumpers and refreshed lighting parts.
The up to date mannequin will launch in Australia within the second half of this 12 months,
Although the entrance and rear ends are closely camouflaged, we are able to see the headlights and tail lights seem to have an analogous form to these of the present automobile, however might characteristic refreshed graphics.
Different exterior adjustments might embrace a spread of recent wheel designs.
Kia Australia has beforehand stated it desires to develop the supply of LED headlights, suggesting they may turn into out there on extra Seltos variants than simply the flagship GT-Line.
Each member of the redesigned Sportage household, for instance, comes with LED headlights: reflector-type in most fashions, projector-type within the prime GT-Line.
The current mid-life replace for the Hyundai Kona might give us a sign of what to anticipate for the Seltos replace.
Along with an exterior refresh, the Kona gained a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster in some variants.
Whereas the Kona and Seltos’ base 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines now characteristic similar outputs (110kW/180Nm) and a continuously-variable transmission, the Kona N Line’s turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine now outpunches the Seltos’ turbo 1.6- liter (130kW vs 146kW).
The Seltos at the moment solely provides autonomous emergency braking with each pedestrian and bike owner detection solely within the Sport+, GT-Line, and fashions with the Security Pack, with common S and Sport fashions that includes solely car and pedestrian detection.
Given the up to date Kona gained this extra refined system throughout the vary with its 2021 replace, it stands to cause the Seltos might get it throughout the board, too.
A lot of the Hyundai Motor Group’s latest security expertise has already been filtered into the Seltos vary, together with lively blind-spot and rear cross-traffic help and a junction help characteristic for the AEB.
The Seltos vary might acquire a hybrid possibility, a minimum of in markets like Korea, based on a report from The Korean Automobile Weblog.
It might borrow the powertrain from the redesigned Niro Hybrid, which options an up to date model of the outgoing mannequin’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed dual-clutch automated, with a carryover whole system output of 104kW.
The engine produces 77kW of energy and 144Nm of torque and is mated with a 32kW electrical motor.
Kia has struggled with provide in current months, notably of its up-spec SUV fashions.
Seltos gross sales slumped 10.9 per cent in 2021 to 8884 items. That put it behind the Hyundai Kona (12,748), in addition to the MG ZS (18,423), Mitsubishi ASX (14,764), Mazda CX-30 (13,309) and Subaru XV (9342).
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