SINCE its Philippine debut, AC Motors, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in the country, has finally given the Seltos its needed refinement. The 2024 edition received new design elements, desirable technology, and a choice of capable powerplants. Kia claims that the Kia Seltos is ready to take the highly competitive subcompact SUV segment by storm. With its stylish exterior, premium interior, intelligent safety features, and ease of ownership, the Seltos speaks to a new generation of car owners looking for an SUV that is a cut above the rest.
“This is a big moment for us,” said Kia Philippines president Toti Zara. “I feel that the future is bright for Kia Philippines, and the new Seltos marks the beginning of an exhilarating chapter as we continue to drive towards automotive excellence in our market. We will remain dedicated to driving innovation, pushing boundaries, and shaping the future of mobility in the Philippines.”
“Our stable of capable SUVs is stronger than ever,” said Brian Buendia, COO of Kia Philippines. “Loaded with standout style, some of the latest technology, advanced driver assistance systems, and enthusiastic performance, the Seltos is in a league of its own.”
Kia also claims the new Seltos is one of the Philippines’ most evolved, safe, and innovative SUVs. It boasts a new-age design and many safety features, including today’s ADAS suite.
Refined and redesigned
Design-wise, the New Seltos received a sharp approach inside and out. Several exterior details have been thoughtfully revamped with futuristic and technical shapes to keep the vehicle fresh among the crowded field of small SUVs. The larger grille emphasizes width and exudes a more muscular appearance with the new LED headlamps. The available Star Map signature lighting across the front grille creates a distinct image so passersby and drivers will recognize the vehicle from a distance.
The new rigid shapes on the front bumper provide a more confident and rugged stance. The vertical-shaped fog lights are integrated with daytime running lights, denoting a cleaner look. At the rear, there is a lighting design on the tailgate, the backup lamp, and the lower bumper’s rear reflector mimicking the signature lighting in the front. Even the new 17-inch alloy wheels received a unique geometric design.
Inside, it is all about a futuristic vibe highlighting bright screens and clean, geometric shapes. The standard dual panoramic displays are the centerpiece of the futuristic and modern cabin. Available as a segment-first, these dual panoramic screens combine the 10.25-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch center display. Other notable improvements to the interior include a new crash pad with a modern, bold center garnish that matches the horizontal layout while still inheriting geometric heritage. There is also a high-tech interface for integrated control of infotainment and air conditioning features. Other features include a panoramic sunroof, dual auto A/C, wireless charging, and mood lamps.
The LX and EX variants come standard with 8-inch touchscreen audio; wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Rear-Camera Display; Driver and Front Passenger Airbags; six Speakers; and single zone Auto A/C. Also standard to the EX-variant are Smart Entry + Push Start, Power Fold Side Mirrors, LED headlamps, and DRLs.
Exclusive to the top-tier SX, a suite of advanced driver-assist functions such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Forward Collision Avoidance, Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), and Lane Following Assist (LFA). Other SX-exclusive features are a mood lamp, leather Seats, power driver seats, a 10.25-inch Infotainment touchscreen, front with side airbags, a panoramic sunroof, mobile phone wireless charging, a 10.25-inch TFT LCD Instrument Panel; LED Headlamps, LED Foglamps, and LED DRLs.
Another significant change is the new engine options. Replacing the previous 2.0-liter all-motor engine is the new 1.5-liter MPI engine for the LX and EX variants, generating 113 hp and 144 N-m of torque mated with an Intelligent Variable Transmission. On the other hand, the top-spec received a potent 1.4-liter turbocharged engine delivering 138 hp and 242 N-m of torque coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Pricing and colors
The 1.5 LX variant retails at P1.198 million, while the 1.5 EX is at P1.288 million. As for the top-spec 1.4 Turbo SX, it is priced at P1.688 million. Available colors are Snow White Pearl, Gravity Gray, Pluton Blue, and Snow-White Pearl with Black Roof (SX). The New Kia Seltos comes with a 5-year or 160,000km warranty.
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