Kia Seltos name confirmed for global B-segment SUV

Days after its new B-segment crossover was caught completely undisguised, Kia has gone ahead and confirmed that the name Seltos will indeed be attached to the car. While it may sound like it’s completely made up, the South Korean carmaker claims there’s actually some science behind it.

Apparently, Seltos comes from Celtus, one of the sons of the Greek god Heracles – better known to you and me as his Roman equivalent Hercules. Kia says that the name represents Celtus’ brave and assertive spirit, with the “C” changed to “S” to signify the car’s speed and sportiness.

The company adds that the car itself is aimed at tech-savvy millennials, combining “sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV…in a compact package.” Kia has certainly pushed the limits with the design of the car, with distinctive slim headlights, a Volvo XC40-esque upswept window line, contrasting black roof and squared-off wheel arches.

Previously released sketches show a contemporary design with a freestanding 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, metallic highlights in the air vents and a centre console that features what appears to be a prominent grab handle for the front passenger. Kia says that the Seltos will also get the Soul’s Sound Mood Lighting system, which pulsates according to the music.

Like the Euro-centric Stonic, the Seltos is expected to be based on the Rio and should be offered with some of the same engines. These include 1.25 and 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines, a 1.0 litre turbo three-pot petrol and a 1.6 litre four-pot turbodiesel. The Seltos is set to be unveiled later this month, with sales in Korea and other markets (except Europe) slated to commence in the second half.

GALLERY: Kia Seltos spyshots

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