Goodbye 2.0L, hello 1.5L and 1.4L engines for Kia Seltos

Last week, Kia Philippines officially launched the 2024 Seltos facelift. Now with a sleeker and bolder-looking exterior along with a more high-tech cabin, Kia is putting other manufacturers in the B-segment crossover market on notice with the facelifted (and upgraded) Seltos.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that crossover now comes with smaller engines including a turbocharged four-cylinder that’s available in the top-of-the-line SX variant. In the past, the Kia Seltos only came with a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine for all trim levels.

So why did Kia decide to use smaller engines for the 2024 Seltos? While most might say the automaker is taking the downsizing route, that is only part of the reason why they switched to smaller engines.

Speaking with Eric Viola, Product Strategy and Planning Director at Kia Philippines, he shared with us that the 2024 Seltos is now sourced from the PRC. That’s right, much like the Stonic, the bigger Seltos is no longer sourced from Korea.

Add the fact that the refreshed crossover now makes use of engines smaller than 1499cc, Kia was able to take advantage of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (China-AFTA) and competitively price them than before.

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For reference, the pre-facelift Seltos 2.0 EX used to sell for PHP 1.208 million while the top-of-the-line 2.0 SX had a sticker price of PHP 1.515 million. There was also an upgraded SX variant for the  2022 model year which sold for PHP 1.560 million. Now, the 2024 Seltos starts at PHP 1.198 million for the 1.5 LX while the 1.5 EX has a price tag of PHP 1.288 million.

Granted, the facelifted crossover is slightly more expensive than the pre-facelift version but Kia was able to pack the Seltos with more features without jacking up the prices that much since they now come from a much closer source.

Another question we asked Viola was why bring the turbocharged 1.4-liter variant to the Philippines. He said that based on feedback from previous customers who experienced the old Seltos with a 2.0-liter, they found the engine efficient and performed well. But now they like to offer similar performance and efficiency in a smaller turbocharged engine without having to think about using a larger displacement motor.

“We would like to have that same aspect of the vehicle with the new Seltos. That’s why we brought in the 1.4 turbo for performance and efficiency. We would like our customers to still experience the best of both worlds,” added Viola.

With the 2.0-liter Seltos proving to be quite popular with customers, do you think the updated crossover with smaller engines will still be able to perform as expected? Let us know in the comments.