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Sophisticated and sporty: Kia introduces the Seltos SUV

KIA SELTOS: Proposed for global markets, among them possibly South Africa. Image: Kia Motors

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has named its upcoming compact sport utility vehicle that’s scheduled for international markets… among them South Africa.

The model name, the automaker says, was inspired by Greek mythology and the legend of Celtos, the son of Hercules. Representing the brave and assertive spirit of Celtos, the inserted ‘S’ in the vehicle’s adapted name implies speed and sportiness.

KIA SELTOS Image: Kia Motors

The Seltos is said to have been created for the millennial generation, standing apart from its rivals with a combination of sophisticated and sporty design and the space and abilities of a traditional SUV – all in a compact package.

The car will have a long bonnet, a strong character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork. Kia adds: ”Its robust shoulder line, matched with a glasshouse which tapers towards the rear of the car, as well as a rear bumper with a metallic exhaust effect, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness.”

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It’s also said to be intended for youthful, tech-savvy, buyers with a cabin ”characterised by broad, sweeping shapes and highly technical details”.

It will be equipped with a range of technologies to maximise convenience, connectivity and ease of use helped by a high-tech, 26cm, touchscreen/info system and mood lighting.

The Seltos will be revealed towards the end of June 2019. Sales in some markets will start in Korea and some other regions through the second half of 2019.

KIA SELTOS: Image: Kia Motors

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