2020 Kia Seltos officially previewed in Malaysia – B-seg SUV with 1.6L NA, 123 PS/151 Nm; EX & GT-Line – paultan.org

Several months after making its appearance online, the Kia Seltos has finally been unveiled as part of an official preview by Naza Kia Malaysia. No prices have been released yet, but the B-segment SUV is available in two flavours – the entry-level 1.6 EX and 1.6 GT-Line. It’s also currently open for booking, in case you missed the news.

We’ll start with what’s under the bonnet. Powering the Seltos is the sole 1.6 litre Gamma MPI naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It makes 123 PS at 6,300 rpm and 151 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm, with drive sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. There is no all-wheel drive option, by the way, but you do get three drive modes – Eco, Normal and Sport, as well as three additional “Traction” modes, which are Snow, Mud or Sand.

Size-wise, the SUV measures 4,315 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,645 mm tall, and has a wheelbase length of 2,610 mm. To put that into perspective, that’s about 19 mm shorter than the Honda HR-V (wheelbase are identical, though), but it is 28 mm wider and 40 mm taller.

For equipment, the EX gets halogen projector headlights, halogen fog lamps, massive Tiger Nose grille with satin silver surrounds, bulb-type tail lights, satin silver tailgate trim, and dark grey twin-five spoke 17-inch wheels shod with 215/60 profile Goodyear Assurance tyres.

The GT Line, on the other hand, gets upgraded with full LED headlights with LED DRLs that extend into the grille, vertical LED fog lamps, chromed grille surrounds with diamond-textured finish, red body inserts, LED combination tail lights, a sportier rear bumper design, chromed tailgate trim, and a set of 17-inch dual-tone Y-spoke wheels. Quite the visual difference compared to the EX, really.

Inside, both variants get leather seats as standard. On the Seltos EX, the seats get a nice quilted design, whereas the GT-Line gets a more elegant design with red contrast stitching. The GT-Line is also the only variant here to get three levels of ventilated seat function, and this is only for the two front seats.

Besides that, both cars get an eight-inch touchscreen info display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (works via a wired USB connection) functionalities, a leather-wrapped, multi-function flat-bottomed steering wheel (GT-Line gets red stitching), keyless entry with push-start button, as well as a six-speaker sound system with Sound Mood multicolour LED lighting system.

There’s a 3.5-inch digital info display built into the middle of the analogue instrumentation, while the GT-Line gets a larger seven-inch unit. The latter also adds an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, Qi wireless smartphone charging tray, and alloy foot pedals (rubber on the EX).

The Seltos is slightly lacking in the safety department. Both cars get six airbags as standard, Isofix child seat anchors, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, and hill-start assist. There’s also passive cruise control and reverse camera, but autonomous emergency braking is not part of the kit list.

Again, no prices have been released thus far. The 2020 Kia Seltos can be viewed at selected showrooms, and if you’re interested, there are four colours to choose from – Glacier White Pearl, Gravity Grey, Intense Red (EX only), and Intelligency Blue (GT-Line only). So, what do you think of the Seltos? Would you pick this over the Hyundai Kona, or are you set on buying the Proton X50?

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