Moments after unveiling the all-new KIA Seltos to American audiences for the first time, KIA Motors let two exciting Seltos-based concepts off their leash at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Flanking their production counterpart on stage, the Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept and Seltos X-Line Urban Concept present unique approaches to pump up capability while remaining firmly entrenched in reality.

Conceived and penned at the KIA Motors America Design Centre, and built by Zero to 60 Designs of Corona, California, the concepts are meant to further convey the active lifestyles Seltos owners will embrace. There are no plans to create production versions of the eye-catching concepts.

Seltos X-Line Trail Attack Concept 

Small SUVs are perfect for city slickers, but even urbanites like to occasionally take the road less travelled. That’s what the Trail Attack Concept is all about. The custom two-tone paint scheme evokes a stirring desert sunset and the eight ultra-bright Hella auxiliary lights mounted on the front bumper and roof light up the night once the sun dips below the dunes.

Equipped with electronic AWD, the centre differential lock equally distributes power between the front and rear axles, while the custom two-inch lift kit raises ground clearance to 9.2-inches. Knobby off-road tyres with 17×8–inch custom painted alloy wheels help improve off-road traction and security. A hidden winch behind the front valance can assist in particularly tough off-road situations, while a custom fabricated roof rack means the Trail Attack Concept never runs out of utility. Behind the heavily tinted windows, the Trail Attack Concept retains its purposeful and refined production interior.

Seltos X-Line Urban Concept

The city can often feel as rough and tumble as the most challenging off-road trail, and the Urban Concept is the perfect companion for such mean streets. Inspired by the imposing glass and steel skyscrapers of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Urban Concept’s custom slate gray paint scheme is highlighted by a gloss-black roof panel for a splash of stark modernity.

Fear of potholes become a thing of the past with the custom two-inch lift, which also helps to raise the seating position and offer a better vantage point around the snarled city traffic all too common these days. Electronically controlled AWD with torque vectoring puts power through the 17×8-inch alloy wheels where it’s needed most: to the tyre with optimum traction.

Up top, four high-powered Hella auxiliary lights cut through low-hanging city fog and the custom fabricated roof rack will hold all the extra stuff any apartment dweller can amass. Already packed with high-tech features, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and reverse camera, the interior has been left to already impressive production standards.

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