There Is A 2024 KIA Seltos But Will It Come To Malaysia

The last KIA Seltos launch was disappointment due to its basic powertrain

Here comes an updated KIA Seltos for 2024 and it promises to deliver a comfortable, capable and confidence-inspiring experience. As you would probably know by now, the Kia brand moved from Naza Kia to Berjaya Auto (Bermaz) just like what happened to the Peugeot brand moving from Nasim to Berjaya Auto Alliance in late 2021.

Meanwhile the direct rival to this Seltos is the RM103,300 Proton X50 Flagship model which is selling very well.

This Seltos was first launched globally in India on August 22 in 2019 and just a year later, the Seltos won an award at the Tech and Auto Awards 2019, and the Kia Seltos was also the Winner of SUV/MPV of the Year Award. In December the same year, the Kia Seltos won Car of the Year at the Autocar Awards 2020.

So, what’s new with this latest KIA Seltos?

PRESS RELEASE: Well to start, the turbocharged engine gets a bump in power and a newly available transmission for smoother ride and handling.

  • Revised Gamma 1.6-liter turbo GDI four-cylinder engine delivers a livelier driving experience with 20 extra horses for a total of 195 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine offers 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque routed through an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
  • Normal, Smart, and Sport drive modes that each use specific settings for powertrain, drivetrain and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience
  • Available active on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system is designed to provide all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance in a variety of circumstances with a center locking differential that can split power equally between the front and rear wheels for more severe environments. Torque vectoring is designed to increase traction by predicting which wheel will best utilize power, enhancing stability in corners, and giving the vehicle more precise handling dynamics in numerous situations

Convenience and Driver Technology

Convenience and driver technology features have been newly added to the 2024 Seltos, designed to make the journey more enjoyable for on-the-go consumers:

  • Four USB ports; two in front and two in the rear help keep devices charged
  • Power liftgate (available on SX Sunroof Package)
  • Ventilated front seats (available on SX Sunroof Package)

New available additions to Kia Connect embedded connectivity in the 2024 Seltos:

  • Digital Key 2 Touch: Allows customers to use their compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, and Samsung Galaxy smart devices as a virtual vehicle key to lock, unlock and drive. Furthermore, these keys can be shared with friends and family over text messages on available devices (available on SX Sunroof Package)
  • Map and Infotainment Over-The-Air (OTA) updates: Can keep maps and infotainment system updated automatically with the latest functionalities to help deliver the best driving experience

Kia’s roster of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) keeps the 2024 Seltos up to date on some of the latest technology with newly added features:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection: Is designed to detect oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists under certain conditions. If the system detects that a collision may be likely, the system may apply the brakes to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW): Is designed to detect vehicles traveling in the next lane in certain circumstances. If the system detects a vehicle in its blind spot, an icon flashes in the mirror or a chime will sound if the turn signal is on (S trim and up)
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW): Can detect a road’s maximum speed limit in some cases, provide alerts to the driver, and even limit the speed of the car depending on the settings (SX)

Additional ADAS features include:

  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW): standard
  • High Beam Assist (HBA): standard
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA): standard
  • Rear View Monitor (RVM): standard
  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW): S Navigation Package and up
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist 1.5 – includes Junction Turning: SX
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (SCC): SX
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC, Curve): SX
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA): SX
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA): S and up

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