2023 Kia Seltos preliminary particulars for Australia, right here This autumn
The refreshed 2023 Kia Seltos vary will land through 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 typical 2.0-litre MPI FWD petrol and non-compulsory 1.6-litre T-GDI AWD turbo petrol powertrains.
Nonetheless, the Seltos 1.6 T-GDI has been up to date for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, and is mated to an eight-speed torque converter automated transmission as a substitute 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 affords “a smoother general driving expertise”, and as earlier than will likely be completely accessible 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 will likely be normal “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 normal for 2023. Kia Australia has confirmed even the bottom Seltos S will likely be fitted with blind-spot help, rear cross-traffic help, Clever Pace Restrict Help and Lane Following Help as normal – the earlier Security Pack choice will likely be dropped.
Additional, all fashions will function 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 ‘fundamental’ digital instrumentation with 4.2-inch LCD driver’s multifunction centre show, whereas Sport, Sport + and GT-Line fashions will choose up the twin 10.25-inch show array nicked from the Niro eco crossover.
They can even get a redesigned local weather management panel, previewed by the pictured Korean-market mannequin.
The Seltos will turn out to be the second mannequin within the model’s Australian market to function Kia Join on-line providers, normal from the Sport grade and up.
A complimentary seven-year subscription brings “buyer advantages in security, safety, comfort, connectivity, and LIVE providers by utilizing telematics programs to switch actual time knowledge, reminiscent of climate and visitors info” – learn extra about Kia Join here.
From a design standpoint, the brand new Seltos will function 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 items pictured above, in addition to the LED rear gentle bar.
All fashions will function alloy wheels as normal (new for Seltos S), with the Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line fashions that includes new machine-finished designs. Above exhibits 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 will likely 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 will likely be accessible with a distinction Fusion Black roof completely on the Seltos GT-Line.
Full pricing and specs for the facelifted Kia Seltos vary will likely be introduced nearer to the brand new mannequin’s fourth-quarter launch (October to December inclusive).
To date 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 12 months’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 items), the Mazda CX-30 (9520 items), the associated Hyundai Kona (7572 items), and the Mitsubishi ASX (6697 items).
Keep tuned to CarExpert for all the most recent Kia Seltos information within the lead-up to its Australian launch later this 12 months.
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