KIA Insider

Kia revives older nameplate for China's Seltos

Hyundai Motor affiliate Kia Motors has unveiled a Chinese version of the Seltos crossover - which it calls the 'all-new KX3' - at the 17th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.

The B-segment compact is pitched at China's competitive SUV market and is on sale now.

The Chinese name is a revival. According to GlobalData's Automotive Intelligence Centre PLDB database [sub required], an electric version of Dongfeng Yueda Kia's 4,260mm long KX3 went on sale in China in December 2018. This was just ahead of the 1 January deadline for local manufacturers to comply with requirements to expand their offerings of so-called NEVs or New Energy Vehicles. The non-EV version of the KX3 was not a success so it was axed late in late 2018, only months after a facelift.

At the show Kia also is showing its Futuron all-wheel drive concept SUV coupe; the new, China-exclusive K3 midsize electric sedan and the Soul Booster EV concept. 

The motor show's theme is New Technology New Life and it runs from 22 November to 1 December at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

The China spec KX3 badged Seltos has a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and so called Sound Mood Lighting and is powered by a 115PS 1.5-litre petrol engine with eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Kia's Uvo Connect telematics are standard, providing stolen vehicle notification and tracking, safety alerts, auto collision notification, and emergency assistance. 

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) include Forward Collision Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Electric Park Brake. 

Auto market intelligence
from just-auto

• Auto component fitment forecasts
• OEM & tier 1 profiles & factory finder
• Analysis of 30+ auto technologies & more