[Photos] The All-New Seltos SUV is Exactly What Kia Needs Right Now
It’s a known fact here at The News Wheel that I’m obsessed with the Kia Stinger. I’ve written plenty of articles about it and I even made an aspirational Instagram account in the event that I do eventually acquire the stylish sport sedan. But when driving around town in my [redacted brand] SUV with my fiancée over the weekend, I realized something. I’m not really digging any of Kia’s SUVs.
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Let’s take a look at the lineup
Sure, the Telluride has some solid, sharp lines and is winning awards left and right, but it’s a little too big for my needs. Moving down the lineup to smaller vehicles and you get the Sorento, Niro, and Sportage (and I guess the Soul, if you want to call it an SUV). But I’m not a big fan of curvy shapes or bulbous exteriors on vehicles. I like bold, angular silhouettes with modern lighting and harsh, dark accents. So when I saw the all-new Seltos, I was ecstatic.
Just LOOK at it!
Thanks to my newfound love for K-pop, I already knew the subcompact Seltos SUV existed in real life (and not just as the SP Concept) via a social media campaign BLACKPINK did for the “Kia on Beat” profiles. At the time, the Kia Seltos was only available in India and I was intensely butthurt about it. But fast forward to the LA Auto Show and Kia decided to gift me an early Christmas present in the form of the Seltos American debut.
Why is the Seltos perfect for Kia?
Kia is at something of a turning point. With the introduction of the Stinger and Telluride models, more people are gravitating toward the brand. Sales increased immensely to match the demand for the large SUV while the Stinger has gotten heaps of praise from sports car enthusiasts. In the past, Kia was known as a bland, mid-level brand that sells okay-ish sedans and… oh, they have some SUVs, too? But now, with a new Head of Design at the helm — Karim Habib — Kia has the opportunity to keep that forward momentum going and really change the game for non-luxury, high-quality vehicles.
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The 2021 Kia Seltos won’t arrive to dealerships until February 2020 and I have a strong feeling it’ll make an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show. If our team heads out there in a few months, I’ll most definitely be checking out the Seltos. With a starting price of $22,000, I might just have a new SUV to consider over the Stinger… *gasp*