Kia Seltos – global B-segment SUV makes its debut

Kia Seltos – global B-segment SUV makes its debut

Kia has taken the wraps off the Seltos, debuting the new B-segment SUV at an event in Delhi, India. The compact offering will be built in Korea as well as in India at the automaker’s facility in Anatapur district in Andhra Pradesh, and will go on sale in global markets in the second half of this year.

As pretty much revealed by spyshots of an undisguised unit earlier this month, the Seltos’s shape has plenty of angular lines and sharp creases, which should appeal to the target crowd of younger, tech-savvy consumers. Design highlights include a distinctive two-tier LED headlight assembly, an upper section of which links into the ‘tiger nose’ grille and a lower cluster that houses 3D multi-layer indicators.

Buyers will have wheels in varying sizes to choose from, what with 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch premium crystal-cut alloy wheel options being available for the car. These will be shod with 205/60 16, 215/55 17 or 235/45 18 profile tyres respectively.

Kia Seltos – global B-segment SUV makes its debut

Inside, there’s a spacious interior dressed with high-quality materials and loaded with tech to satisfy the demands of the day. Novelties include a segment-first 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with split-screen functionality, allowing drivers to customise the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously or run an application such as navigation singularly on screen.

Other items on the equipment list include an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system, an 8.0-inch head-up display and the automaker’s UVO Connect telematics system, which works in conjuction with a UVO App for mobile devices.

There’s also an optional Sound Mood Lighting system, which emits soft light from the door panels, pulsing in time to the beat of music playing through the audio system. Eight customisable colours and six themes provide plenty of experimentation possibilities.

Three engine choices will be available for the Seltos, the range consisting of two petrol units and a diesel. Petrol options are a 177PS 1.6 litre T-GDI turbocharged mill and a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated unit offering 149 PS, while the oil burner is a 1.6 litre unit with 136 PS on tap.

No shortage of partnering transmissions, with three to pick from. Depending on market, the Seltos will come equipped with either a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Tech highlights include a Drive Mode Select system, with three settings to pick from (Normal, Eco and Sport).

Safety-wise, the Seltos comes equipped with six airbags as well as a suite of electronic vehicle safety systems. These include Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management system as standard, incorporating traction control and electronic stability control. Also the list are hill-start assist and traction control as well as front and rear parking sensors.

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Comments

  • Mario and Bros on Jun 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    This Kia Seltos design looks even better than Hyundai Kona and Toyota CH-R. People sure will buy this. Not only nicer Kia design than Hyundai, this is because Kia have lesser issues and after sales service is better than Hyundai. So Hyundai Malaysia and Toyota Malaysia can close shop.

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  • Sotong goreng on Jun 20, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I cannot believe what I see! This is extremely gorgeous, stunning, futuristic and tough. Completed with advanced technologies, safety and features. This is unbelievable, Kia have invented a true game changer that will change the game of B-segment SUV in the whole world. With this car, Kia have been proven to be a world-class game changing brand, unlike our game over first national carmaker. More than 30 years of automotive experience, Proton still don’t have the capability to create something like this… It’s also very unsual for a 30+ years carmaker that still cannot create a game changing car.

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    • Steven Matthias on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Kia make superb cars now. Their first car rolled out in 1974, just 10 years before rolled out their first car in 1984.

      But today Kia sells 8 million cars globally per annum

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    • Nowadays, everything is stunning in your eyes except Proton right? We got it, you hate Proton and afraid of being ‘sotong goreng’ by your boss for losing sales. Just don’t impose your low standards on us by typing a wall of text just to say the same thing over and over again.

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      • We are reviewing our position with regards to his employment. In all due respect, his actions here have been detrimental to our sales and to our brand name. As such, his role as our spokesperson would be determined by the end of this month. We here are truly sorry for all the trouble he caused using our good name.

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        • Rakyat Malaysia on Jun 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm

          So I see we just got confirmation that our resident troll does report to P2. I will never trust whatever he say about Proton or Geely or every other brand anymore.

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    • Got or Not?? on Jun 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      does it have the blooody temp gauge or not?? or cannot afford to bloooody put one??

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  • Shafawi on Jun 20, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    (Like) Kia Seltos.
    (Dislike) Proton X50

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  • Hellloooo Volkswagen! Oh wait….

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    • Bro u stoooopid on Jun 21, 2019 at 11:02 am

      That does not if not never even closely resembles a volkswagen. Zzzzzz

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  • misomiso on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Wow… Civic + Camry headlamp

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  • Mr Hakim on Jun 21, 2019 at 6:53 am

    WTF they still want to use their ancient 6 speed AT? Other people already 8 AT above.

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    • Mr Law on Jun 21, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      B segment with 8AT? How much will the car be? 150k for a B segment? Common sense please.

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    • Mr Hakim on Jun 22, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      8 speed for what? Our roads here every day jam you think can utilize every single gear?

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  • suomynona on Jun 21, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Kinda appealing, quirky front like a Frenchie,

    You really don’t need French to be quirky

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  • harga berapa agaknya? on Jun 21, 2019 at 10:27 am

    x50 or seltos

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    • Siam kap on Jun 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

      X50 alright. No need to think, just buy it.

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      • Mario and Bros on Jun 21, 2019 at 11:41 am

        Three days ago, I saw the estimated price for X50 that cost from RM75K to RM95K which I got the source from Star Online Malaysia about the title “High Expectations for Proton X50. So this will be more exciting including Kia Seltos compare to Hyundai Kona and Toyota CH-R

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        • LRT User on Jun 21, 2019 at 11:54 am

          It won’t be that high because it’s too close to the base price of X70, imho it would be RM70k – 85k. Tops.

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  • Estimated OTR price without insurance?

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    • Siam kap on Jun 21, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      RM 137,000

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      • mangkuk ayun on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm

        takkan la wei. honda civic pon lg mahal dr seltos kt india. cannot brain. top 100k punya. sama itu cerato

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  • putra_rider on Jun 21, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Tiguan cotender..

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  • albag on Jun 21, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    dat face looks very mature.. it will suit nicely on a full size SUV like the Telluride

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  • Paid article ke on Jun 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Write up mcm promotion material

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