It is a known fact that Kia is gearing up to launch Seltos Gravity Edition in India and while we wait for the new variant, a document suggests that the carmaker will remove some variants from Seltos’ and Sonet’s lineup.
Starting mid-April 2021, Kia will stop offering HTK+ DCT 1.0L petrol and HTK+ AT 1.5L diesel variants of the Sonet SUV. The carmaker has also instructed its dealers to stop taking bookings for the said variants w.e.f 1 April 2021. With the discontinuation of the two variants, the Sonet automatic will be offered in the top-spec GTX+ variant only. The HTX+ variant will continue to be available with a 1.5-litre diesel manual, 1.2-litre petrol manual and 1.0-litre turbo iMT powertrain options. That said, we will have to wait till 1 May 2021 for the updated list of variants.
While the Sonetpetrol automatic comes with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine (120PS/172Nm) mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the Sonet diesel automatic gets a 1.5-litre diesel engine (115PS/250Nm) paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
Similarly, Kia will discontinue the HTX+ AT 1.5L diesel variant from the Seltos’ lineup. As a result, the Seltos diesel automatic will be available in two variants only: HTK+ and GTX+. While the HTX+ variant is expected to continue as a diesel manual variant, we will have to wait till 1 May 2021 as Kia will unveil the updated variant list of both the SUVs on the said date.
The Seltos diesel, in all variants, gets a 1.5-litre unit making 115PS and 250Nm. It can be had with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT, depending on the variant. The petrol Seltos, on the other hand, is offered two petrol engine options: 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol (115PS/144Nm) paired to either a 6-speed MT or a CVT and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol (140PS/242Nm) paired to either a 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT.
In the document, Kia says that the decision to discontinue to above variants have been taken based on feedback and booking trend.