An Off-road Concept and an Updated Hybrid from Kia in LA Motorshow

For its all-important U.S. market, Kia didn’t spare a penny to bring out its best for the LA Auto Show. The two Kia Seltos concepts, New Seltos and Niro Hybrid were presented at the ongoing LA Auto show.

First of the highlights are the New Seltos X-Line Trail Attack and Seltos X-Line Urban Concepts. The Seltos X-Line has custom two-tone paint scheme to evoke a stirring desert sunset and eight ultra-bright Hella auxiliary lights mounted on the front bumper and roof. The off-roader is equipped with electronic AWD, center differential lock and custom 2-inch lift kit. In addition, it has custom painted alloy 17-inch wheels and a hidden winch behind the front valance, as well as a custom fabricated roof rack. This off-roader holds a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a 7-speed dual clutch, that produces 175 hp.

The X-Line Urban version is less rugged but inspired by the imposing glass and steel skyscrapers of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The SUV’s custom slate gray paint scheme is highlighted by a gloss-black roof panel, to go with the four high-powered Hella aux lights. Again, a custom fabricated roof rack is fitted here. The major highlight Inside is a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation.

New Kia Seltos: A tall order SUV

This SUV has a tall front end and 7.2-inch ground clearance for that adventure thing. All of Kia’s signatures are there, plus an optional two-tone roof. The front-end has LED Beat lighting and a lower bumper. Skid plates are applied front and rear, along with

black wheel arch and red wheel center caps. From the rear, the SUV has tailgate garnish and dual exhaust outlets. To cap it off, 17-, and 18-inch wheels are available.

As an SUV, the Seltos is all about space and roominess.Highlights are the clean iinstrument cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen with connectivity, sliding console cover. BOSE 8-speaker system, mood lighting, rear air vents, 2-step reclining rear seats and more.

Two engines are available at launch, a 2.0-liter gasoline (146 hp), paired to a IVT transmission, and 1.6 TGDI (175hp), paired to a 7-speed dual clutch. Normal, Eco, Sport are the drive modes valid.

To ensure the Seltos is tight, Kia fitted MacPherson strut front suspension, coupled with torsion beam axle rears on front-wheel drive variants and Multi-links for the AWD. The body is made up of 61 percent high-strength steel and plenty of structural adhesives.

Kia Niro Hybrid: An update for one of America’s favorite SUVs

Primarily for the American market, the Niro Hybrid has been upgraded for the year. The upgrades include new projector-type headlights and fog lights, a new diamond-pattern grille and dual chevron-shaped LED daytime running lights. The rear faux skid plate is wider and more pronounced, while the LED combination lights are new. Finishing off, they fitted new 16-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, there’s a re-styled 7-inch instrument cluster with improved drive mode graphics and 8-inch standard touchscreen display, or optional navigation with a 10.25-inch screen and Harman/Kardon premium audio system.

More interior options include paddle shifters, active regenerative braking control, electronic parking brake and mood lighting with six different colors.

Things are similar almost entirely, except for the Kia Drive Wise advanced driver assistance systems’ new Lane Following & Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist features. The Niro is also available with a plug-in hybrid version, too .

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