2023 Kia Seltos In This Country Now Gets A 196Bhp Petrol Engine

Kia recently unveiled its 2023 Kia Seltos SUV at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ahead of its launch in the US car market, the Los Angeles auto show will give the SUV a lot of momentum before reaching Kia's dealerships in the USA.

That being said, the biggest talking point about the 2023 Kia Seltos is its new 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine. Though a relatively compact engine, it still produces an astonishing 196bhp of peak power and 265Nm of peak torque, which is more than plenty for an SUV of this size.

On top of that, the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine in the upcoming 2023 Kia Seltos SUV comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission to efficiently transfer the power into the tarmac.

Earlier, Kia launched this new version of the Seltos SUV in South Korea and the Korean iteration of the SUV comes with two powertrain options.

While one of the powertrain options is the powerful 1.6-litre, turbocharged petrol engine, the other option is a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine with 148bhp of peak power and 180Nm of peak torque. However, unlike the 8-speed automatic transmission in the turbocharged variant, this powertrain comes mated to a smoother operating CVT gearbox.

It is also worth mentioning that both 2WD and 4WD drivetrain layout is available with both powertrain options in the South Korean market.

Coming to the design, the facelifted version of the Kia Seltos SUV now looks a lot more premium and mature than the outgoing model with its new updated LED headlamps, larger LED tail lamps with full-width light bar, a squarish front grille, a redesigned front bumper, new skid plates and a new set of LED fog lamps.

In addition to that, the exhaust tips on the facelifted version of the 2023 Seltos SUV seem to be neatly tucked under the rear bumper and the full-width light bar sports the new Kia logo in the middle. However, despite these changes, the silhouette of the 2023 Kia Seltos remains almost identical to the outgoing version of the SUV.

Stepping inside, the changes on the updated 2023 Kia Seltos SUV is much more visible as the South Korean automaker has incorporated numerous clever design changes to make the cabin look a lot more upmarket. The most noticeable change is the presence of two 10.25-inch screens and the new rotary-style gear selector knob.

Other noticeable features in the upcoming new 2023 Kia Seltos SUV includes the likes of features such as a heads-up display, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, connected car tech, 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and many more.

In addition to that, the upcoming facelifted 2023 Kia Seltos SUV is also equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes active safety systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), active lane assistance, blind-spot monitoring system, drowsiness alert, auto emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and a few more.

Thoughts About 2023 Kia Seltos SUV

Though these powertrain and features in the 2023 Kia Seltos SUV are impressive, these upgrades are highly unlikely to reach the Indian shores as pricing plays a vital role in the country and the Indian taxes are not much of help in this regard.

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Article Published On: Monday, November 21, 2022, 9:00 [IST]
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