The long-wait for the KIA Seltos is finally over as it has officially been launched in Malaysia.
News that KIA has launched the Seltos SUV in Malaysia has come as a bit of a surprise, especially when it is common knowledge now that Naza, the official distributor of KIA in Malaysia is looking to offload its automotive brands.
While the brand's future still in limbo, Naza who for now still manage KIA in Malaysia has seen it appropriate to launch the Seltos SUV, which has been teased to death since September 2019. We suppose since they opened it for booking in October, it's high time really.
Well, here it is, available are two variants, the EX (RM115,888) and the GT Line (133,888). Fully imported from India, the two Seltos variants come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and whoever takes over the brand from Naza in the future will have to honour it.
The specifications of the cars have not changed from the ones that were teased. Both will still be powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that we've come to know from various Kia models. It produces 123 PS and 151 Nm of torque and power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The traction drive modes in the Seltos is quite interesting as you can choose from Snow, Mud and Sand which will then adjust the traction in order to match these conditions.
The GT Line packs additional equipment and aesthetic features for a sportier look. An aggressive front and rear bumper, chrome door handles, 17-inch bi-colour wheels and red accents on the outside. On the inside, the GT Line has leather upholstery with red stitching features and a larger infotainment and instrument cluster screen (compared to the EX). The Seltos GT Line also features a neat logo on the bottom edge of the steering.
There are 433 litres of boot space in the Kia Seltos which can be expanded to 900 litres. It is comparable to that of the Renault Captur, Honda HR-V and Mazda-CX3. The rear-seatbacks are 60/40 split-folding which help to create more luggage room. As the Seltos is competing in the B-segment SUV, it's no surprise then that the overall vehicle dimensions are also similar to its competitors.
All variants come with similar safety kit, which includes six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.
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