Earlier in May 2019, Kia revealed sketches of its upcoming baby SUV’s exterior and cabin, despite not having announced its name. Now, however, a report out of India claims the Korean automaker has filed a trademark application for the “Seltos” badge.
According to IndianAutosBlog, Kia filed the application back in mid-March 2019.
The claim is supported by recent spy photographs of the new vehicle (wearing the Seltos badge on its rump) taken during what appears to be an official pre-launch filming and photography session.
Earlier rumours, of course, suggested the new SUV – which is set to slot into the brand's SUV range below the Sportage – would use either the Tusker or Trailster moniker.
Described by Kia as a “new global small SUV”, the Seltos is scheduled to hit the market in Korea in the second half of 2019, with sales in other regions to “follow soon after”.
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