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Kia Seltos gains turbodiesel engine in Mzansi

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The popular Kia Seltos has received a Turbodiesel engine in Mzansi for what will surely increase its market attractiveness.

The Kia Seltos has already proven popular in Mzansi to SUV buyers largely due to its dynamic design and specification. The front get the Kia grille design with LED lighting that makes the car stand out especially at night. LED daytime lights are standard. EX models gets 16-inch wheels whilst EX+ models get 17-inch wheels with a full wheel spare tyre. The rear bumper features a three-dimensional surface treatment with an integrated metallic-look skid plate, as well as a dual chrome muffler garnish (model dependent).

The interior retains the quality and user-friendly layout as seen on other Seltos models. EX specification models come standard with air-conditioning (manual), automatic headlight control, electrically adjustable side mirrors with integrated indicators, cloth upholstery, steering wheel-mounted remote controls, electric windows, cruise control, and an 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system that incorporates a radio with RDS, linked to six speakers. Seltos is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone mirroring, as well as Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, and has charging USB ports for front and rear passengers. EX+ specification also includes an upgrade from cloth upholstery to leather upholstery (including leather trim on the door panels), while the electrically adjustable side mirrors gain an auto-folding function. Front passengers also get a centre console armrest with an integrated storage box.

The Seltos CRDI is powered by KIA’s 1.5-litre common-rail direct injection engine, featuring a variable geometry turbocharger. This new engine delivers 86 kW of power, and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,750 r/min. Acceleration to 100 km/h is completed in 11,5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 176 km/h. EX models are available with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission, while EX+ models are only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. No fuel efficiency figures are claimed by Kia.

All models are equipped with six airbags as standard: one for the driver, one for the front passenger, two side airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as two side curtain airbags that stretch across the length of the cabin. All Seltos models also feature ISOFIX child seat anchors, ABS brakes, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), as well as rear park distance control sensors and a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, integrated into the vehicle’s touchscreen infotainment system. Central locking and an immobiliser are also standard across the range.

EX+ models furthermore include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

Pricing

As with all KIA models, all KIA Seltos models ship as standard with KIA’s industry-leading Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance), and also include a 5-year/90,000km Service Plan.

KIA Seltos 1.6 EX Manual                                   R 380,995

KIA Seltos 1.6 EX Automatic                              R 398,995

KIA Seltos 1.5 CRDI EX Manual               R 410,995

KIA Seltos 1.5 CRDI EX Automatic          R 428,995

KIA Seltos 1.6 EX+ Automatic                            R 416,995

KIA Seltos 1.5 CRDI EX+ Automatic       R 446,995

KIA Seltos 1.4 T-GDi GT-Line                             R 471,995

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