Kia Seltos debuts at Singapore Motor Show, Q2 launch

Kia Seltos debuts at Singapore Motor Show, Q2 launch

The Kia Seltos has made its regional debut at the 2020 Singapore Motor Show ahead of its launch. The B-segment crossover will join the similarly-sized Stonic in the country, making the island republic one the only markets to receive both models (it’s usually either one or the other).

Singaporean portal sgCarMart reports that the car is expected to go on sale sometime in the second quarter of the year, powered by a Smartstream G 1.4 litre direct-injected turbo engine. In India, it produces 140 PS at 6,000 rpm and 242 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,200 rpm, and is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, although Singapore should receive the latter.

Kia Seltos debuts at Singapore Motor Show, Q2 launch

The funky design of the Seltos is remarkably faithful to the SP and SP Signature concepts. The front end is its most distinctive detail, with slim LED headlights leading into the “tiger nose” grille, plus three-dimensional “multi-layer” indicators underneath. The bone-shaped air intake design houses vertical LED fog lights.

Moving to the side, the window line sweeps dramatically upwards which, combined with the contrasting black roof of this car, is rather reminiscent of the Volvo XC40. At the rear, you’ll find broad two-piece tail lights joined together with a chrome strip, plus fake twin tailpipes. The car you see here is the GT Line, which adds red highlights, silver bumper guards and intricate 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels.

Kia Seltos debuts at Singapore Motor Show, Q2 launch

The multi-layered theme continues inside, with a large freestanding panel housing the instrument cluster and the centre infotainment touchscreen – the latter is available in sizes up to 10.25 inches across, with a split-screen function. Other available features include an eight-speaker Bose sound system, an eight-inch head-up display and a Sound Mood Lighting that pulses according to the audio.

Kia has already teased the Seltos for the Malaysian market, and it looks set to arrive on our shores some time this year. Excited for this small SUV?

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • (Like) Proton X50 1.3T
    (Dislike) KIA Seltos 1.4 Turbo.

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  • msia driver on Jan 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    sell it below 80k, then x50 will not be king

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  • Michael Wong on Jan 10, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Wow, whole world is buzzing about this car. No wonder why Kia sells 8 million cars globally per annum.

    Kia started in 1974, their first car rolled out in 1974. Proton started just 10 years later in 1984

    Yet, one sells 8 mil whilst another just sells 60,000

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    • Wow. Where did you get so much misinformation by the way? KIA started in 1957 So it is much older than Proton. And 2019 MAA data showed Proton sales topped at 100,821 which is far from your 60,000.

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    • Real LLort on Jan 13, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Well, you have to understand the difference between K-Pop & My-Pop. But you have to also see the impact of K-pop & My-Pop to the artists. Perfection at some point is good but at a certain point is troublesome. For you, which one is better? A high intense, high demanding K-pop or a moderate to low intensity and demand of My-pop. Oh wait, this is about the car.. bummer, I’m in a wrong place

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      • Avenger on Jan 13, 2020 at 11:58 am

        Kpop- too much pressure. Suicide.
        Mpop- no pressure. Live a long productive life.

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  • Norman on Jan 10, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I prefer the dashboard of the US version

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  • Habislah apatu Xuv, sure tak habis jual. Muahaha

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  • It can be a alternative B-segment SUV beside HR-V. if the market price around 100k below should be easy selling car. Good Job Kia. Another Godlike Design.Hope they wouldnt cut off the wise drive system when reach malaysia.

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