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.