Kia Seltos EV is expected to make its public debut by the end of this year. It’ll derive power from the same electric motor which propels the Kona EV.
Kia Motors is currently working on the electric version of its popularly known compact SUV, the Seltos. The electric SUV is likely to make its public debut later this year and will first launch in China. Later, it’ll also get introduced in other foreign markets, nevertheless, we’re not very sure about its India launch. As per recent media reports, the upcoming Kia Seltos EV will be the company’s most affordable electric SUV. The electric model of the car will carry simple and neat design language. The latest digital render of the SUV gives us an idea that how the upcoming Seltos electric could look like.
The all-new Seltos EV will get a closed-off grille, which will enhance its aerodynamics. It’ll get a revised bumper up front, newly-designed 17-inch alloy wheels and blue colour highlights on the radiator grille and fog lamp housing to make it look different from the regular combustion-engined model. Nevertheless, it gets Seltos like LED headlights, two-tone ORVMs, roof rails and strong shoulder lines. The all-new Kia Seltos EV will share its powertrain with the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona EV is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric motor shreds out 136bhp of peak power and 395 Nm of peak torque.
The Hyundai Kona EV offers an ARAI-certified range of 452 km and can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. The automaker can also use the Kia K3 EV electric powertrain for the Seltos EV. The upcoming Seltos electric is expected to offer a range of 400 km in one full charge. The SUV will get an integrated charging port upfront like the one shown in the digital render. The global production of the all-new Kia Seltos EV is likely to happen in August 2020. The SUV is expected to be manufactured at the company’s production facility in South Korea. In its first year, the automaker has plans to produce less than 10,000 units of the Seltos EV.