Kia has taken the wraps off the Seltos, debuting the new B-segment SUV at an event in Delhi, India. The compact offering will be built in Korea as well as in India at the automaker’s facility in Anatapur district in Andhra Pradesh, and will go on sale in global markets in the second half of this year.

As pretty much revealed by spyshots of an undisguised unit earlier this month, the Seltos’s shape has plenty of angular lines and sharp creases, which should appeal to the target crowd of younger, tech-savvy consumers. Design highlights include a distinctive two-tier LED headlight assembly, an upper section of which links into the ‘tiger nose’ grille and a lower cluster that houses 3D multi-layer indicators.

Buyers will have wheels in varying sizes to choose from, what with 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch premium crystal-cut alloy wheel options being available for the car. These will be shod with 205/60 16, 215/55 17 or 235/45 18 profile tyres respectively.

Inside, there’s a spacious interior dressed with high-quality materials and loaded with tech to satisfy the demands of the day. Novelties include a segment-first 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with split-screen functionality, allowing drivers to customise the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously or run an application such as navigation singularly on screen.

Other items on the equipment list include an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system, an 8.0-inch head-up display and the automaker’s UVO Connect telematics system, which works in conjuction with a UVO App for mobile devices.

There’s also an optional Sound Mood Lighting system, which emits soft light from the door panels, pulsing in time to the beat of music playing through the audio system. Eight customisable colours and six themes provide plenty of experimentation possibilities.

Three engine choices will be available for the Seltos, the range consisting of two petrol units and a diesel. Petrol options are a 177PS 1.6 litre T-GDI turbocharged mill and a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated unit offering 149 PS, while the oil burner is a 1.6 litre unit with 136 PS on tap.

No shortage of partnering transmissions, with three to pick from. Depending on market, the Seltos will come equipped with either a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Tech highlights include a Drive Mode Select system, with three settings to pick from (Normal, Eco and Sport).

Safety-wise, the Seltos comes equipped with six airbags as well as a suite of electronic vehicle safety systems. These include Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management system as standard, incorporating traction control and electronic stability control. Also the list are hill-start assist and traction control as well as front and rear parking sensors.