Kia Motors Lanka Ltd a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation Korea recently launched, Kia’s Seltos SUV for the local market at a gala ceremony in Colombo.
Derived from Celtus or Celtos -- the son of Hercules -- the 2020 Kia Seltos is unashamedly confident, and is clearly the result of a marriage of bold design and delicate details.
It has 140 horsepower 1.4 litre turbo-charged petrol engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission hinting at ample power for city or wilderness, and a cabin crafted with meticulous attention to detail suggestive of a readiness for upscale adventure.
The gala preview accorded the Kia Seltos at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand with the attendance of the diplomats, sporting legends including Sri Lanka’s ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and celebrities associated with the Kia nameplate and a cross section of Colombo’s business community.
These personalities reflected the high expectations of Kia Motors (Lanka) for the new SUV – the third launched in Sri Lanka since November 2019.
Speaking at the event, Kia Motors (Lanka) Managing Director Mr Mahen Thambiah said: “We are greatly impressed by the Kia Seltos not only because it has been designed to meet millennial expectations, but because it perfectly combines modern styling and sophistication with well-engineered capability; is right-sized and as important, right-priced for the market; is rugged and refined at the same time; and has a lot of coolness and character. The Seltos is a great example of Kia’s Power to Surprise.”
The Seltos’ strong and rigid body is composed of 61 per cent advanced high-strength steel and is further enhanced with 374 feet of structural adhesives. It offers a choice of three drive modes – Normal, Eco or Sport – each using specific settings for powertrain, drivetrain and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience.