2023 Kia Seltos facelift revealed, due in Australia this year


The popular Kia Seltos has received its long-rumoured mid-life update, adding a Sportage-inspired exterior, and restyled interior with a digital dashboard.

Alex Misoyannis


The facelifted 2023 Kia Seltos has been revealed, ahead of an Australian launch due in the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to December).

Shown in these initial images out of Korea, the updated version of the popular Seltos small SUV gains a new exterior design and restyled interior inspired by larger Kia models.

Up front, there’s a new set of headlights with angular signatures and LED daytime-running lights that extend into the grille – inspired by the Sportage – plus new LED fog lights and a centre skid plate that hint at a ‘GT-Line’ or ‘X-Line’ flagship.

New 18-inch machined alloy wheels fill the arches, while at the rear there are new Carnival-inspired tail-lights stretching down the sides and across the span of the tailgate, and a new gloss black lower bumper.

Inside, the updated Seltos gains a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, integrated with the carry-over 10.25-inch centre touchscreen into a curved panel stretching across the dashboard – akin to the new Niro, EV6 and Sportage.

The design of the air vents and lower switches have been tweaked, while the current full-size gear selector has been replaced by a ‘shift-by-wire’ rotary dial.

Full details of engines and safety systems will be confirmed at the Busan motor show in Korea next month, however rumours suggest a carry-over choice of 2.0-litre non-turbo and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines.

Rumours of a Seltos Hybrid have since subsided, as Kia looks to focus its small hybrid SUV efforts on the new Niro.

The 2023 Kia Seltos will be detailed further next month, ahead of first Australian arrivals in the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to December).

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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