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Kia's new compact SUV will be named 'Seltos'

As if we needed further confirmation the crossover and SUV craze is a permanent market shift and not just a flash in the pan, Kia has announced it is adding yet another compact crossover to its portfolio. It’ll be called the Seltos.

Said to be aimed at Millennials – a target group which, it must be noted, isn’t as young as you think any more – the Seltos apparently draws its name from Greek mythology, son of Hercules and father of the Celts.

Kia replaced its first consonant with an ‘S’ to denote speed and sportiness. Alright then.

Absent of official pictures, we’re left to speculate exactly the form Seltos will take when it hits the market in Korea and other as-yet-unnamed regions later this year. Spy photos are floating about, however, showing a machine whose front end reminds your author of a pleasant mashup of Soul and Telluride. The entire vehicle will be shown later this month.

Inside the Seltos, Kia says the cabin is characterized by broad, sweeping shapes and highly technical details. Equipped with a range of tech, the cabin’s design is said to incorporate a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and something called Sound Mood Lighting. Your author assumes the latter turns the Seltos into a pulsating nightclub when the oontz is cranked to eleven.

Specifics such as dimensions and powertrains aren’t mentioned, but alert readers will recall that corporate cousin Hyundai unveiled a car called the Venue earlier this year. It would make more than a dose of sense if the Seltos shared some or most of its components.