Kia Motors South Africa has announced pricing for its new Seltos ahead of the compact SUV’s official local launch later in November 2019.

According to the automaker’s dedicated Seltos website, the Indian-built local range – which is set to take on the likes of the new Volkswagen T-Cross – will comprise four variants at launch.

The base Seltos EX, which is priced from R353 995, employs the Korean brand’s naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine, delivering 90 kW and 151 N.m to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Upgrading to an automatic transmission with the same number of cogs pushes the price to R371 995.

Standard features on these EX models include LED daytime running lights, automatic headlamps, 16-inch alloys, six airbags, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control, eight-inch touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality) and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The XE+ variant, meanwhile, uses the same powerplant (offered in automatic guise only) but gains a bit of extra standard equipment, including 17-inch alloys, hill-start assist and leather upholstery. This mid-table derivative is priced from R389 995.

And the flagship Seltos GT-Line? Well, priced from R444 995 this model employs a turbocharged 1,4-litre petrol engine offering 103 kW and 242 N.m to the front axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. That's enough, says Kia, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in around 9,7 seconds and a top speed of 189 km/h.

As a reminder, the new Seltos measures 4 315 mm long, 1 800 mm wide and 1 620 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 610 mm. All models are covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan.