2020 Kia Seltos quietly launched in UAE and GCC
Kia is in the process of expanding its SUV lineup. With the Telluride pegged at the top, they have now globally launched a new quasi-SUV, the Kia Seltos, as their entry-level offering. It was first unveiled in India a few months ago and we hear an influencer-filled media launch event was quietly conducted in the UAE, which is probably why local reviews are sparse.
The design of the Indian-built Kia Seltos may be a tad too busy for most people but it looks generically handsome for a compact SUV. The LED headlamps, DRLs and fog lamps adorn the front and rear, at least in top-trim models. A GT Line appearance package is optional.
It has been announced that the UAE and GCC markets will only get a non-turbo 121 hp 1.6-litre and a turbo 138 hp 1.4-litre, both mated to a 6-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive. This is in stark contrast to North American markets, where a 146 hp 2.0-litre and a 175 hp 1.6-litre turbo are offered with optional all-wheel-drive.
Inside, the GCC-spec Seltos is offered with an 8-inch infotainment screen, basic cruise control, sunroof, rear camera, manual or automatic a/c, 3.5-inch or 7-inch gauge cluster screen, and up to 6 airbags. In the U.S. market, it is offered with a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8-speaker Bose premium sound system, lane departure warning, smart cruise control with stop and go function, forward collision assist and more.
The Kia Seltos walks into a competitive market in which the products are barely different from one another. Though the Seltos doesn’t bring much to set the segment on fire, but it should attract the usual commuter-car customer base. It will be in showrooms at some point this month, apparently starting at Dhs 68,000 to compete with rather competent rivals that we compared last year.