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These are the 3 Seltos variants Kia PH plans on launching

Check out the list of each variant’s standard features

The Seltos may be small, but it has huge road presence. PHOTO FROM KIA

So we’ve driven a non-Philippine-specced Kia Seltos in South Korea, and that’s because Kia Philippines is preparing to launch the new subcompact crossover SUV later this year. As we told you, the unit we drove was equipped with the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI gasoline engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It also had four-wheel drive and multilink suspension.

The version that our local distributor is planning on bringing in, on the other hand, will be propelled by the 2.0-liter Nu Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine rated at 147hp and 179Nm. This powerplant will only be available with a continuously variable transmission. Our market’s Seltos will also be front-wheel-driven and underpinned by torsion-beam suspension, according to Kia Philippines product planning head Josh Altarejos.

Now, a source within the company has shared with us the three variants that will be offered in our territory, complete with a list of their standard features. Our informant does add, however, that while these features are more or less the ones our Seltos variants are getting, they are not yet 100% final. But it’s “90% done,” he promises.

Below are the three variants and their features. Note that the ones in red are those determined or requested by Kia Philippines, as opposed to the others that come standard with the respective variants as specced by the Korean automaker.

Kia clearly has a stylish crossover model here. A head-turner. PHOTO FROM KIA

LOW

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch touchscreen audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Side turn lamps on fenders
  • Electric-adjust side mirrors
  • Fabric seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Keyless entry
  • Multifunction display
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Antilock brake system
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Manual air-conditioning

MID

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch touchscreen audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Radiator grille chrome trim
  • Rearview camera
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Side turn lamps on side mirrors
  • Electric-adjust side mirrors
  • Roof fail
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Fabric with leatherette seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Multifunction display
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Antilock brake system
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Manual air-conditioning

HIGH

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch touchscreen audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Radiator grille chrome trim
  • Rearview camera
  • LED headlamps
  • LED position lamps (front grille)
  • LED taillights
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Side turn lamps on side mirrors
  • Electric-adjust side mirrors
  • Roof rail
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Fabric with leatherette seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Multifunction display
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Antilock brake system
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
So, do you think Kia Philippines got its specs lists right? PHOTO FROM KIA

Seems pretty loaded to us. The matter left to be settled now is the pricing. As we already revealed, Kia Philippines is looking at a price range of P1.1 million to P1.4 million for the three variants, although sales director Jun Cajayon insists that they could still bring down those figures.

What do you think?



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 25 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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