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Kia reveals rugged Seltos X-Line concepts

Kia’s Seltos X-Line takes the little suburban SUV into an entirely new format, and it looks totally awesome.

IT LOOKS A bit like a wasteland car from a dystopian Mad Max world, but we like where Kia is heading with its two latest offroad-ready concept cars.

Unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show this week, Kia has shown off two very different takes on its Seltos SUV, named the Seltos Urban and Seltos Trail Attack.

Kia Seltos X-Line both

To be clear, these are not planned for production anytime soon, but Kia also said that about cars such as the Stinger and Telluride, so perhaps we’ll see an ‘adventure-spec’ Seltos in the future.

READ MORE: Kia Seltos Review

Both models were built by US tuner Zero to 60 Designs and ride on 2-inch lifted suspension which raises ground clearance to 234mm. And both are powered by the same Australian-spec 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-pot, producing 130kW and 265Nm.

Kia Seltos X-Line

The all-wheel driveline underneath is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with torque-vectoring control and a central differential lock.

Like the Trail Attack, the Urban has four Hella lights mounted to a bespoke roof rack carrier and rides on 17-inch alloys. Black and orange ascents are the order of the day, and a Subaru-equse bonnet scoop is a visual pleaser rather than a requirement for the standard 1.6L turbo motor. There’s also a bash plate underneath to protect the important bits.

Kia Seltos X-Line rear

The tougher Trail Attack has 17-inch beadlock-look wheels, added guard flares and a different front bumper which integrates a winch and four Hella driving lights. And the paint blends into the desert environment better than the Urban’s grey.

Both models will be on display at the Los Angeles motor show this weekend.

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Alex Rae

Alex Rae