Hercules’ Son Is An SUV: The New 2020 Kia Seltos

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The new compact Kia Seltos SUV will debut later this month. Designed for Millennials, it will combine technology and styling.

The whole of the press release on the new Kia Seltos made me think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and one of its famous lines: “though she be but little she is fierce.” All this to say is that Kia will want you to believe that their all-new subcompact SUV is mighty little urban assault vehicle.

Details are limited to the usual “sophisticated exterior design details,” “lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness,” “aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers,” and other such marketing lines.

Of the many descriptive used in the press release, one element stands if mostly because it’s an actual specification. The new Celtos will be available with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting (first seen on the 1st generation Soul.)

The bottom-line is that the Seltos (Celtos is spelled with a “C” but the “S” in the SUV’s name implies speed and sportiness according to Kia) will be the 2020 Hyundai Venue’s un-identical twin which means it will surely be powered by the same 1.6-litre 4-cylinder and a choice between 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission.

It will join a slowly growing segment of tiny ‘utes that are slowly replacing subcompact and entry-level cars. The Nissan Kicks is one example, as is the Ford EcoSport.

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