The Kia Seltos is selling well and was named the fastest selling vehicle in the US market in October last year. With an average of 7.7 days for dealers to find a new owner, the South Korean entry-level crossover leaves behind the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Honda CR-V. However, even the hottest product on the automotive market needs a facelift and Kia is already working on a refresh for the Seltos.
Our spy photographers in Scandinavia captured a highly camouflaged test prototype of the new Seltos on a public road. Unfortunately, they get a surprising greeting from the test pilot, who may be annoyed by the camera. Nevertheless, our spies managed to take most of the shots with the facelifted Seltos.
This prototype has a lot of camouflage and this is a bit of a surprise to us given the fact that we are seeing a mid-cycle refresh rather than a new model. It’s hard to see what’s going on up front, although we have unofficial information that the front fascia will get a new bumper and redesigned headlights. New grids could also be on the cards, but nothing has been confirmed for now.
When we drove the Seltos back in 2020, our Senior Editor Brett T. Evans was pleased with the overall feeling behind the wheel, but found that “looking at the interior is much more enjoyable than sitting in it.” The quality of materials and selection of upholstery is not on par with the best players in its segment and we are confident Kia will work to improve the ambiance in the cabin.
No changes are expected under the hood where power will continue to be provided by the two petrol engines. Lower trim levels may carry over with the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine, while the available option is a more powerful 1.6-liter turbo. Minimal tweaks to both engines are possible.