2024 Kia Seltos makes LA debut with more horsepower


That’s right, in addition to the South Koreans, the Americans are also being blessed with the Kia Seltos facelift—expected to hit the showrooms in the first half of 2023 as a 2024 model. Pricing info is not available just yet, but I guess your local dealer will have some reliable information. But in the meantime, let’s have a brief look at what’s on offer.

Visually, the North American Seltos differs from the 2023 Korean seltos with a different front bumper for a better approach angle, because remember, Kia offers an all-wheel-drive Seltos for the Americans. You’ll be surprised to know that Kia offers an all-wheel-drive Seltos in South Korea as well, but for reasons beyond our understanding, it doesn’t get this off-road focused bumper. The rest of the things are pretty much the same, including the wheel design. Exterior paint options include a new, attention-grabbing Pluton Blue, as well as Fusion Black and Valais Green.

The trim lineup will include the Seltos X-Line, which comes with its own gunmetal-finished front grille design; unique 18-inch wheels; black bridge-type roof rack; gloss black door garnish, and of course, X-Line badging.

Key features on the inside include a 10.25-inch driver display (optional); a 10.25-inch central touchscreen; four USB ports (two in front and two in the rear), and an 8-speaker Bose audio system. Wireless smartphone charging; ventilated front seats (SX Sunroof Package); power liftgate (SX Sunroof Package), and Digital Key, are all optional extras.


ADAS include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection; Blind Spot Collision Warning; Intelligent Speed Limit Assist and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning; Driver Attention Warning; High Beam Assist; Lane Following Assist; Rear View Monitor; Safe Exit Warning; Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go; Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control; Highway Driving Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

The 2024 Seltos is gonna pack a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 145 kW (195 bhp/197 metric hp) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque. Compared with the outgoing model, you’re getting 20 bhp more. This engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission (7-speed DCT in the outgoing model).

There’ll also be a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 109 kW (146 bhp/148 metric hp) and 179 Nm (132 lb-ft) of torque, and comes paired with a CVT. AWD is an optional extra on both powertrains.

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