The refreshed 2023 Kia Seltos vary will land in the course of the fourth quarter of 2022, sporting a variety of enhancements headlined by an up to date design, extra tech, in addition to a extra highly effective engine choice.
Kia Australia confirmed new particulars for the Australian market right now, with the identical four-variant mannequin stroll as earlier than (S, Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line) in addition to a normal 2.0-litre MPI FWD petrol and optionally available 1.6-litre T-GDI AWD turbo petrol powertrains.
Nevertheless, the Seltos 1.6 T-GDI has been up to date for the 2023 mannequin yr, and is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automated transmission as an alternative of the outgoing dual-clutch.
Whereas not confirmed within the native media launch, the up to date model of the 1.6-litre turbo in Korea now makes 147kW and 265Nm –17kW greater than the pre-update mannequin.
Kia says the brand new drivetrain mixture gives “a smoother general driving expertise”, and as earlier than shall be solely out there on the up-spec Seltos Sport+ and GT-Line fashions.
The corporate has additionally confirmed the 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre FWD with CVT drivetrain shall be customary “throughout all trims”, which means the GT-Line will completely supply each FWD and AWD choices for the primary time, following the introduction of a GT-Line FWD Limited Edition because the pre-update model entered runout.
Past the powertrain updates, the Seltos will supply extra security options as customary for 2023. Kia Australia has confirmed even the bottom Seltos S shall be fitted with blind-spot help, rear cross-traffic help, Clever Velocity Restrict Help and Lane Following Help as customary – the earlier Security Pack choice shall be dropped.
Additional, all fashions will characteristic rear air vents, USB-C cost ports and a full-size spare wheel. Beforehand, solely the top-spec GT-Line provided rear air flow, and the bottom S missed out on a full-size spare.
Analogue gauges aren’t any extra with the up to date Seltos vary, with the bottom S getting a ‘primary’ digital instrumentation with 4.2-inch LCD driver’s multifunction centre show, whereas Sport, Sport + and GT-Line fashions will decide up the twin 10.25-inch show array nicked from the Niro eco crossover.
They will even get a redesigned local weather management panel, previewed by the pictured Korean-market mannequin.
The Seltos will develop into the second mannequin within the model’s Australian market to characteristic Kia Join on-line providers, customary from the Sport grade and up.
A complimentary seven-year subscription brings “buyer advantages in security, safety, comfort, connectivity, and LIVE providers through the use of telematics programs to switch actual time knowledge, equivalent to climate and site visitors info” – learn extra about Kia Join here.
From a design standpoint, the brand new Seltos will characteristic up to date headlight graphics, a “bigger and bolder” entrance grille in addition to revised bumpers. GT-Line variations rating a brand new LED gentle design with ‘star-map’ signature, as Kia describes it.
Kia Australia has made no point out of range-wide LED lighting for the up to date Seltos, indicating the S, Sport and Sport+ will get the halogen projector-type headlight and incandescent tail lights proven above, with new LED daytime operating lights. GT-Line variations ought to get the brand new LED projector models pictured above, in addition to the LED rear gentle bar.
All fashions will characteristic alloy wheels as customary (new for Seltos S), with the Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line fashions that includes new machine-finished designs. Above reveals the usual 16-inch alloy wheel for the Korean market (beforehand provided right here as an adjunct), whereas the machine-faced design measures 18 inches.
Seven colors shall be provided throughout the line-up, together with a brand new Pluton Blue end. The outgoing mannequin’s Starlight Yellow has been dropped, whereas Clear White and Pluton Blue shall be out there with a distinction Fusion Black roof solely on the Seltos GT-Line.
Full pricing and specs for the facelifted Kia Seltos vary shall be introduced nearer to the brand new mannequin’s fourth-quarter launch (October to December inclusive).
To this point in 2022 (as of July 31), the Seltos has seen 5398 registrations in Australia regardless of provide points, down 6.5 per cent on final yr’s quantity – although market share has grown by 0.4 per cent to 7.9 per cent.
The Seltos is at present sitting in fifth place within the mainstream small SUV section, behind the MG ZS vary (11,609 models), the Mazda CX-30 (9520 models), the associated Hyundai Kona (7572 models), and the Mitsubishi ASX (6697 models).
Keep tuned to CarExpert for all the newest Kia Seltos information within the lead-up to its Australian launch later this yr.
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