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This is the new Kia Seltos and it may come to Singapore

24 Jun 2019

[This article was first published on www.torque.com.sg. Vehicle specifications may vary by market.]

The new Kia Seltos is characterised by distinctive design details, lending the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness.

It combines forward-looking technical features, class-leading space and a suite of world-class safety features, and is powered by a choice of highly-efficient Smartstream petrol and diesel engines.

Speaking at the launch, Kia Motors president and chief executive Han-Woo Park said the Seltos is aimed at “youthful, tech-savvy buyers and is packed full of our most cutting-edge technology and safety equipment.

“The world premiere is a significant milestone for Kia as it shows our commitment to the Indian market – and this is just the beginning. We have big plans for Kia in this wonderful country.”

We don’t yet know whether the Kia Seltos will be coming to Singapore, but there’s no reason it won’t be.

Kia’s positioning itself as a youthful, sporty brand and the Seltos fits right into that.

We wager that if the Seltos comes to Singapore, it will get the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine making 175hp, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Kia Seltos gets a Drive Mode Select system that lets drivers adapt the car to their preferred style or the road conditions. Drivers can choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ mode.

The Seltos offers distinctive exterior design details, such as its long hood, a strong, character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork.

It also sports a wide ‘tiger nose grille’, making the car instantly recognisable as a Kia, but with a difference.

Its robust shoulder line and glasshouse shape, which tapers towards the rear of the car, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. The rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect accentuates this dynamic appearance.

The Kia Seltos sits on a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch premium crystal cut alloy wheels, which complement the dimensions of the car, lending it a powerful stance.

The wheels are shod with high-grip 205/60 R16, 215/55 R17 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The interior of the Seltos is designed with high-quality, futuristic materials. Aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers, the cabin is characterised by broad, sweeping shapes and highly technical details.

Equipped with a range of technologies to maximise convenience, connectivity and ease of use, the bold design of the cabin incorporates a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting.

Other segment-first features include a Bose eight-speaker premium sound system.

For daytime driving, the car has LED daytime running lights and rear lamps, and 3D multi-layer indicators to make it clear exactly where the Seltos is heading.

For driving in foggy conditions, the car is also equipped with LED fog lights.

The Kia Seltos is fitted 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.

The car is fitted with an Anti-lock Braking System, a Traction Control System, a Brake-force Assist System and Hill-start Assist Control, as well as front and rear parking sensors, for assistance when parking.

It will go on sale in global markets from the second half of 2019.

[Source article: torque.com.sg/news/this-is-the-new-kia-seltos-in-singapore]

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