Information remains slim on the ground, but Kia has confirmed that a new look is on its way to Australia for the popular Seltos small SUV.
The Kia Seltos will receive a midlife facelift next year with the updated small SUV set to be released in Australia in the second half of 2022.
“[The] Seltos will receive an upgrade (facelift) next year. I can only narrow down the timing to the second half of 2022,” Kia’s media and corporate communications manager Alyson MacDonald told Chasing Cars.
There is a strong chance Kia could overhaul the exterior design of the Seltos, which will have been on the market in Australia for three years by the time the facelifted version arrives in about 12 months’ time.
While Kia’s facelifts are often subtle, the updated Seltos may come in for a much bigger update with the possibility it will adopt Kia’s new “opposites united” design language.
Already seen on the bigger Sportage midsize SUV, set to launch in Australia next month, and the forthcoming Kia EV6 electric car, “opposites united” incorporates a far more dramatic front end than the Seltos’s more restrained “tiger nose” design treatment.
Should Kia adopt “opposites united” for the Seltos, expect to see major changes to the headlights, which should adopt an all-LED array for the first time, as well as the grille, diffuser and bonnet sculpting.
A bump in power might also be on the agenda, along with improved safety tech such as active blind spot monitoring, lane follow assist and safe exit warning.
Cyclist detection might also make its debut for the first time – a system usually kept for higher spec levels in the model range.
On the inside, the Seltos could see the implementation of a digital instrument cluster to help make things modern.
Kia sold 5654 Seltos small SUV’s in 2020 and has already bettered those figures for 2021, selling 6323 units up to August 2021.
The Kia Seltos is the second best-selling car that the company offers in Australia, sitting behind the Cerato hatchback.
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