Kia Motors America has finally taken the veils off the all-new Seltos, a B-segment SUV that slots between the Soul and Sportage. It’s available in the US in five flavours, starting rom the entry-level LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T, and SX. Prices aren’t confirmed, but the base price starts from US$22,000 (RM92k), with first deliveries scheduled for Q1 2020.

Let’s kick things off with powertrain options. Cheaper models will be powered by a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 146 hp and 179 Nm of torque. This engine is married to Kia’s Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT, commonly known as CVT).

For the S 1.6T and SX, the pair is powered by a turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine, making 175 hp and 264 Nm of torque. This gets a seven-speed dual clutch transmission as standard. Three drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport – are available across the board, each offering specific mapping for the engine and transmission.

All models get MacPherson struts up front, but the rear suspension varies – front-wheel drive variants get a torsion beam for the rear, but all-wheel drive models get a multi-link setup. The on-demand AWD system is similar to the Telluride‘s, in that it comes with a centre locking differential to offer greater off-roadability.

Depending on the variant, the equipment list comprise of full “Crown Jewel” LED headlights, sporty front and rear bumper treatment, black wheel arch cladding and silver skid plates, wheel sizes up to 18 inches in size, and red centre wheel caps.

Inside, the instrument cluster features either a 3.5- or seven-inch digital multi-info display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, eight-speaker Bose premium sound system with fractal pattern, mood lighting that changes colour and intensity based on volume level, rear air vents, rear USB charging port, and a segment-first 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with split-screen functionality and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support.

Other goodies include a wireless smartphone charging tray, dual USB ports up front, multi-Bluetooth connectivity which enables simultaneous pairing of two smartphones, and the company’s UVO Connect telematics system. The last item works via a smartphone app, offering remote commands and system notifications.

Last but not least, safety. The “Kia Drive Wise” advanced driver assist system can be optioned, and comes with a raft of systems such as Blind Spot Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Highway Driving Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist systems.

That’s not all! There’s also Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Occupant Alert (reminds drivers to check rear seats for children or pets), Smart Cruise Control with stop and go, as well as Safe Exist Assist.