At the end of last year, Naza Kiateased the arrival of the new Kia Seltos, which it said will be launched in 2020. Fast forward four months and theB-segment crossoverappears to be nearing a local introduction, having popped up on the official Kia Malaysia website.
The Seltos will apparently be available in EX and GT Line variants, and both look to be powered by a 1.6 litre Gamma naturally-aspirated MPI four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 123 PS and 151 Nm of torque.
It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, and the car will likely only be offered with front-wheel drive, following class norms.
Beyond that, not much can be gleaned about the local specification, but the website does list items like LED head- and tail lights, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Qi wireless smartphone charging, ventilated seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a sunroof and, interestingly, a head-up display.
Expect most of these to be exclusive to the GT Line, which will also get a seven-inch colour multi-info display instead of the EX’s 3.5-inch monochrome screen, along with black faux leather seats and single-zone automatic climate control.
We already had an inkling of an impending launch following apreview event in February, where Naza Kia showed two variants of the Seltos. Images of the car on a trailer have also cropped up onThe AjerulFacebook page, so it looks like it’s not long to go – although we probably still have to wait until the movement control order lifts first.
GALLERY: Kia Seltos previewed in Malaysia
After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.