Kia was a bit late in entering the pocket-sized SUV market. There was the Kia Soul, but its particular format and lack of all-wheel drive put it at a disadvantage against the already established competition. The Kia Seltos, which appeared in 2020 as a 2021 model, came to fix this gap that existed in the brand’s lineup. In fact, the vehicle was very well received at home.
Well, Kia doesn’t seem to want to sit on its laurels, as it has just revealed the first images of the redesigned version. For now, all indications are that it will be a 2023 model elsewhere in the world. Will North America have to wait until the 2024 model year before it can enjoy this “revamped” Seltos? We’ll find out soon enough.
While we’re waiting for confirmation of when this model will be available here, we can already admire the changes made to the urban utility vehicle, the Seltos, which of course retains its silhouette, but receives a redesigned front end, including a new grille flanked by a newly shaped silver surround, as well as a new signature for the daytime running lights. Unsurprisingly, the 18-inch wheels in the livery shown in these first images are also new.
Behind them, we still notice the chrome finish that links the black roof to the turquoise bodywork in this case. As for the position lights, they have a new cut, which go down the tailgate. The bumper is also revamped for the occasion.
However, if the crossover’s appearance seems sufficiently revised, the cabin is where the 2023 – or 2024 – Seltos changes a lot more, with a dashboard that is now mostly occupied by this large panel with two screens, the one in the middle being touch-sensitive of course. The good old gearshift lever has also been replaced by a thumbwheel and a few buttons housed all around in the center console. Fortunately, the air conditioning controls are also separated from the center screen, which will make it easier to change the temperature inside the cabin.
For now, Kia is not saying more, as the manufacturer is waiting for the official presentation scheduled for July 14 at the Busan International Auto Show in South Korea.