2020 Kia Seltos driving on windy mountain road

What is Kia’s Next SUV All About?

2020 Kia Seltos Model Information

For the past ten years, the Kia lineup has been about challenging the industry and staid mass-market players to be more for less. Models like the Kia Soul, Kia Optima and Kia Niro have shown drivers that there is profound freedom in shuffling aside the boxes other brands have put classes like small car, subcompact crossover or hybrid vehicle in.

One item that has been absent from Kia’s lineup, however, has been a source of speculation for even us. It’s a subcompact crossover with the all-weather handling of all-wheel drive. Valued not only northern and high-altitude climates where snow and ice are a consideration, all-wheel drive allows vehicles to traverse uncertain terrain. They also make great vehicles for driving on sand at the beach.

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Kia’s omission in this field has been a curious one, but it’s coming to an end. The 2020 Kia Seltos is here to bring Kia’s unique, enjoyment-driven personality to the subcompact crossover space. Despite information on the Seltos being thin, we’ve managed to do some digging and find some information that may preview what awaits the North American variant of the Kia Seltos.

Here’s what we know:

2020 Kia Seltos Specs

While Kia hasn’t announced anything specific about the 2020 Kia Seltos, we expect it to have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, putting out between 140-150 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.6-liter variant that makes over 200 horsepower.

Currently, the Indian variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos features a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and 1.5-liter diesel engine that make 115 horsepower.

We’re anxious to see which transmission Kia chooses for the 2020 Kia Seltos. The IVT seems the most obvious choice, but Kia has made no say of whether or not the IVT has been tested for towing, which will undoubtedly be a feature of the Seltos. Otherwise, we may see Kia’s in-house-developed 6-speed automatic transmission which currently moves the Sportage.

exterior of 2020 kia seltos

interior of 2020 kia seltos

2020 Kia Seltos Features

The features list is where we expect to see a lot of Seltos’ current status transfer over. The following features are currently available on the Indian variant and are likely to be available on the North American variant:

  • Bose® Premium 8-speaker sound system with sound mood lights
  • 25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity
  • LED headlights, taillights and DRLs
  • Powered sunroof
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Ambient mood lighting
  • 8-inch head-up display (HUD)
  • 360-degree camera with guidelines
  • Wireless charging for compatible smartphones

2020 Kia Seltos Release Date

We have very little information on the 2020 Kia Seltos, including whether its name will actually be the Kia Seltos in the North American market. We do, however, know that Kia plans to introduce it to us. We expect that near the end of the year, they’ll have a grand unveiling, just in time to show it off at the 2020 auto show circuit. That also puts in the prime spot for a Super Bowl ad, something Kia is no stranger to.

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