The Kia Celtos The range will not get a hybrid option as part of its 2023 update.
Kia Australia’s product planning boss, Roland Rivero, has confirmed that the current-generation Celtos SUV will not feature hybrids in Australia, although reports suggest that it could get a Toyota Corolla cross-competitive electric alternative from Nero.
“At least from an Australian point of view, the current generation of SP2 Celtos will not have a hybrid available for it,” Mr Rivero said. Care Expert.
Power in the current range comes from the choice of 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engines, the latter with a turbocharger. Versions of these engines are likely to carry for 2023.
The Niro combines a 77kW / 144Nm 1.6-liter petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor, for system output of 103kW and 265Nm. The drive is driven by a six-speed dual-clutch auto.
On the safety front, the Base Celtos S and Sport may receive blind-spot support as standard for 2023, but buyers will lose the ability to add a full range of safety features as part of the optional protection pack.
Misses blind-spot, rear cross-traffic and lane-following assistance with advanced autonomous emergency braking systems, including pedestrian and cyclist detection offered on current Celtos S and Sport Sport Plus and GT-Line models.
The safety pack currently offered includes AEB pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, an electric parking brake, power-folding side mirrors and junction support.
The simple range is a step towards making life easier for dealers and stock controllers as the world struggles with shipping delays, semiconductor shortages and COVID-related shutdowns.
Kia also points out that the CELTOS range has a five-star ANCAP rating regardless of whether the AEB system has been installed as a reason for opting out.
With random safety suits, the 2023 Celtos range will probably get rear air vents across the entire range, and base models will mount on alloy wheels instead of the steel fitted to the current model.
Inside, expect a similar integrated screen treatment applicable to larger sports. Mr Rivero said that for 2023 “the whole internal environment becomes a bump up”.
Based on our previous spy photos, updated Celtos will gain restored front and rear bumpers and refreshing lighting material.
Kia Celtos continues to be a strong seller for Kia in Australia, despite the limited supply and more than 12 months of waiting time depending on the variant.
A total of 8884 units were registered during the whole period of 2021 (-10.9 percent), so far in 2022 it had managed 2970 sales (-7.4 percent) till the end of April – about half of the Mazda CX-30 amounting to 6211 units, +53.4 percent).
We expect more official details of the Facelifted Celts Range leading up to our coast arrival in the second half of 2022.
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