New compact SUV enters Brunei market

James Kon

Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei Darussalam, officially unveiled the Kia Seltos at its showroom yesterday.

Sales Manager of Kia Motors Corp, Asia Pacific Headquarter Alwyn Ahmad Nazri; Grand Motors Managing Director Frankie Ho; Grand Motors Executive Directors Haji Shaiful Rizal bin Pehin Dato Dr Haji Ahmad and Pengiran Haji Abdul Qahar bin Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Ibnu Ba’asit; Acting Managing Director of BIBD At-Tamwil Haji Mohd Said bin Haji Zania; and Head of Sales and Marketing at Baiduri Finance Berhad Pengiran Haji Rosli bin Pengiran Haji Daud officiated the launch.

Four new Seltos owners – Lim Wan Yun, Norhamzeelah binti Haji Abdul Hamit, Hamdillah bin Samban and Muhammad Zulfadli bin Haji Zainudin – received their keys at the event. Norhamzeelah said, “The first time I saw the car at the Kia showroom, I fell in love with the exterior and interior design.”

The Kia Seltos has brought sophistication and assertiveness to the compact SUV segment in the Brunei market, especially for the millennial generation through a combination of sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV.

Targetting youthful and tech-savvy buyers, the Seltos provides outstanding value for money, thanks to a range of technological features that maximise connectivity and safety, a roomy interior that seats five people in comfort, and high levels of space and versatility. The Seltos offers distinctive exterior design details such as its long hood, a strong, character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork.

It also sports a wide ‘tiger nose grille’, making the car instantly recognisable as a Kia model, but with a difference.

Its robust shoulderline and glasshouse shape, which tapers towards the rear of the car, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. The rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect accentuates this dynamic appearance.

Sales Manager of Kia Motors Corp, Asia Pacific Headquarter Alwyn Ahmad Nazri; Grand Motors Managing Director Frankie Ho; Grand Motors Executive Director Haji Shaiful Rizal bin Pehin Dato Dr Haji Ahmad; and Kia Sales Manager of Grand Motors Jacqueline Koh in a group photo with the new Kia Seltos. PHOTO: JAMES KON

Seltos is equipped with intricate and sharply designed full LED headlights and tail lights, providing the car with a commanding and confident presence on the road.

For daytime driving, the car also has LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps to make it clear exactly where the Seltos is heading.

For driving in foggy conditions, the car is also equipped with LED fog lights. The interior of the Seltos is designed with high-quality, futuristic materials. Aimed at youthful, tech-savvy buyers, the cabin is characterised by broad, sweeping shapes and highly technical details.

Equipped with a range of technologies to maximise convenience, connectivity and ease of use, the bold design of the cabin incorporates an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Sound Mood Lighting.

The ergonomics of the cabin allow the driver to sit comfortably with a commanding view, helping to focus on driving and naturally reduce fatigue.

Within the lounge-like and spacious interior, the Seltos also houses a user-friendly centre console beneath that allows certain features such as ventilation and air-conditioning to be adjusted easily and safely on-the-move. The Seltos also comes equipped with a newly developed third-generation powertrain for high efficiency and powerful performance. It is engineered with Kia’s latest technology for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The vehicle is available in a 1.6-litre MPI gasoline engine producing 123PS with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT).

Kia Motors is committed in extending its range of SUVs to fulfil the needs of customers in every market, with the new model bringing many of Kia’s strengths in design, quality and technology to the compact SUV segment for the first time.

Members of the public can visit the Kia showroom today from 9am-12pm and from 2pm-4pm, to test drive of the Kia Seltos.