New (SA-bound) Kia Seltos: engine details, dimensions revealed
When the new Kia Seltos was revealed earlier in June 2019, the Korean firm opted not to divulge details of the planned engine range. Now, however, a report out of India has listed a handful of technical specifications, including power and torque figures for three powerplants.
According to Autocar India, the most basic version of Kia’s new small SUV will be offered with a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre petrol engine delivering 85 kW and 144 N.m to the front axle. A 1,5-litre turbodiesel unit offering 85 kW and 250 N.m is also on the cards.
The range-topper, meanwhile, is expected to draw its urge from a turbocharged 1,4-litre petrol mill (bearing the T-GDI badge) worth 103 kW and 242 N.m of torque.
The publication claims all three powerplants will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, as well as engine-specific automatic transmissions (depending on the market, of course). The base petrol derivative will feature a continously variable transmission, the diesel model a six-speed torque converter and the turbopetrol variant a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
In addition, Autocar India has listed the exterior dimensions of the new Seltos, which measures in at 4 315 mm long, 1 800 mm wide and 1 620 mm tall (as the publication points out, that makes it longer and wider than the Hyundai Creta). The new Kia’s wheelbase comes in at 2 610 mm, while its ground clearance is 190 mm. The boot, meanwhile, can swallow a claimed 433 litres.
Earlier, Kia said the new Seltos would be produced in both India and Korea, with sales commencing in initial markets in the second half of 2019. The newcomer is expected to launch in South Africa early in 2020, with local specifications (including engine options) and pricing to be confirmed closer to the time.