Kia is reportedly working on a hybrid version of its Seltos SUV for 2025.
This step, as reported by Kia Economic Dailyrepresents a response to the needs of consumers, moving away from the exclusive focus on electric vehicles (EVs).
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Kia’s decision to introduce a hybrid variant of the Seltos in 2025 is seen as a response to changing market dynamics.
This move comes at a time when there is a huge increase in demand for hybrid cars.
Unlike the exclusive push towards electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids are gaining popularity by offering both electric and combustion engine technologies.
Kia Seltos hybrid: what to expect
The upcoming Seltos Hybrid is expected to showcase the advancement in Kia’s hybrid technology.
Although details are scarce, it is predicted that the hybrid model could feature improved versions of the current 1.2-liter and 1.5-liter engine options expected. In fact, the current version sold in New Zealand comes standard with a 2.0-litre petrol unit.
Kia’s experience in electric mobility will play a key role in the development of the Seltos Hybrid. However, the focus will also be on rationalizing costs, which may include the localization of production of motor and battery packs in applicable markets.
Kia’s strategy is in line with a broader industry trend, where automakers are increasingly focusing on hybrids.
This situation is reflected in the growth of sales of hybrid vehicles, which Kia itself experienced an increase of 51 percent in the US market.
This strategic direction is not unique to Kia; other major players like Jaguar Land Rover and GM are also shifting their focus towards hybrids because of the sustained demand for these vehicles.
While it’s still early days, and many details about the Seltos Hybrid remain under wraps, expectations are high.
The launch of the Seltos Hybrid in 2025 could mark an important milestone for Kia, depending on market trends and consumer preferences as it continues its efforts to electrify new vehicles such as the EV4 and EV5.
Meanwhile, the pure gasoline Kia Seltos is still available in the country, starting at $29,990 (before ORC) for the base LX model.