Dealership accidentally confirms that the Kia Seltos is coming to the US
Kia of Wilmington posted on their Facebook on Friday morning announcing that the Kia Seltos is coming to the US in February 2020 as a 2021 model. The Kia Seltos is going to be Kia's entry-level SUV, and it will compete against vehicles like the Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax and the Honda HR-V.
While the post doesn't explain what engine will be powering the Seltos, this SX model shown here featured a T-GDI badge, which would lead me to believe that the top-trim levels will use the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is available in the Hyundai Kona. Power will likely go through the Kona's seven speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels as well, while lower level Seltoses will use the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine and six speed automatic combination that is also featured in the Kona.
Kia of Wilmington was also nice enough to snap photos of the list of features on the 2021 Seltos S and SX, which are going to be their sport-oriented models. This not only confirms what I speculated earlier in the article, but gives you a general idea of how competitive the Seltos is going to be.
Kia also brought two concepts to this dealership meeting, and one of them is called the X-Line, or maybe both of them are the X-Line Concept, but this falls in line with the X-Line that Kia unveiled with the redesigned Soul last year, and keeps the ruggedness of the Telluride concepts from last year as well.
Kia seems pretty confident in the Seltos's ability to sell well in the US, and honestly, I don't blame them. The only thing we don't know at the moment is pricing, but I can't imagine that it will be too far off from the Kona's starting price of around $20,000 with fully loaded models starting around $27,000. I'm excited for Kia to be bringing a proper subcompact SUV over here, though I did like the Kia Stonic a little more. That being said, with the Hyundai Venue now being sold here, I can't imagine that the Stonic is too far away either.
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