The 2020 Kia Seltos was introduced earlier this year as the brand’s pioneer small SUV. With a name inspired by the “brave spirit of ‘Celtos’” (son of Hercules), it’s Kia’s answer to compact SUV competitors like the Mitsubishi ASX, Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai.
The Seltos measures 4370mm in length (larger than most similarly sized SUVs) and the base S grade comes with a 2L petrol engine which produces 110kW of power and 180Nm of torque. The model also features some nice touches such as a diamond pattern grille, wireless charging, an 8-inch (20.3cm) head-up display and a specially designed Bose sound system.
The kickoff of the 2019 LA Auto Show, however, not only brought us the unveiling of the 2021 Seltos but also saw the introduction of the brand new Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept and the Seltos X-Line Urban Concept. Already, the two concepts have received quite a warm reception in the media.
The Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept is equipped with electronic AWD and a ground clearance of 9.2 inches (23.3cm). With its off-road tyres and a hidden winch, the Trail Attack Concept is ready for any off-road terrain. Under the bonnet, a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 130kW of power and 265Nm of torque alongside the 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. Designed for city slickers who like to spend their weekends in the great outdoors, this concept is bound to be a popular hit.
The Seltos X-Line Urban Concept is less of an off-roader and more of a vehicle designed to tackle the challenges of city driving. With a 2-inch lift that will make driving over potholes an afterthought, the driver will be lifted above the surrounding traffic for a better vantage point. Electronic AWD provides extra power in the wheels for improved traction – perfect for steep streets and wet highways. The X-Line Urban Concept shares the same engine as the X-Line Trail Attack, giving the vehicle the power it needs to ensure a smooth acceleration.
Both concepts are fitted with 4 powerful Hella driving lights and custom roof racks on the outside, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen, reverse camera and navigation system (as well as production standards) on the inside.
Although there are no definite plans to produce these concepts, it’s not unlikely that we’ll see them on our roads in the future. After all, the GT and Telluride Concepts later popped up as the Stinger Sport sedan and the Telluride SUV. For now, however, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on what Kia decides to do with these concepts.