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Kia's new compact Seltos SUV uncovered, may be headed here

Kia has revealed its brand-new compact crossover, the Seltos, at an event in Delhi, India, its latest offering aimed at younger buyers with a focus on tech.

The tech in question comes in the form of an infotainment system, highlighted by a 10.25-inch touchscreen that can be split into three applications at once, and supplemented by an available eight-inch heads-up display on a glass panel behind the steering wheel.

Eight-speaker Bose audio will also be a hit with the youths, with optional Sound Mood Lighting that can create a light show timed to the beat of the music—very hip.

The exterior design looks – dare we say it – quite good, and is miles above what Toyota and Honda have been putting out these days with their wacky chrome eyebrows and strange creases.

The Kia’s tiger-nose grille sits well underneath a muscular brow, and the thin LED headlights splay out over the large turn signals. The rear of the Seltos is refreshingly ordinary, nothing weird or out of place here.

Kia still hasn’t shown us what the interior of the Seltos will look like, but we can assume it will follow the trends set by the larger SUVs in the lineup, perhaps with a more youthful feel and greater emphasis on technology.

In India, the top-of-the-line engine for the Seltos is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower, but there is also the option of a 147-horsepower 2.0-litre, as well as a 134-horsepower diesel 1.6-litre.

We don’t expect that the diesel version will make its way up to Canada, but we can always hope! Canadian pricing or availability has not been announced.