2021 Kia Seltos is the Small Korean Brand's Small New SUV

The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos made its North American debut on Wednesday at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s right: another small SUV is about to hit the market!

The Seltos becomes Kia’s new entry-level SUV, positioned below the Niro, Sportage, Sorento and Telluride.

Photo: Frédéric Mercier

Both the platform and powertrains are shared with the Hyundai Kona. The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre unit rated at 146 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It teams up with a continuously variable transmission. Optionally, the Kia Seltos offers a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine producing 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Inside, look for an available 10.25-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging, three USB ports and an eight-speaker Bose stereo.

A host of safety and driver assistance systems are also part of the lineup.

Photo: Kia

The 2021 Kia Seltos is set to go on sale in the U.S. early next year with five trim levels to choose from: LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX. Some of them are available with all-wheel drive.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as Canadian specifications and pricing are released.

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