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Kia Seltos Diesel Ditches Manual ‘Box For iMT Clutchless Transmission, Turbo-petrol Variants Discontinued For Now, Revised Prices Revealed


The Seltos’ powertrains, limited to the diesel and naturally aspirated petrol for now, are RDE-compliant and E20-ready

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  • Kia Seltos has been updated to meet BS6 phase II norms and E20 material compliance. 

  • Only gets 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre NA petrol engine options on offer for now. 

  • The diesel unit now offers iMT clutchless-manual instead of a 6-speed manual. 

  • Petrol-powered Seltos gets six-speed manual and iVT (CVT) options. 

  • The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine option has been axed from the lineup. 

  • 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit likely to be introduced later in the facelifted Seltos. 

  • The Seltos now retails between Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 19.65 lakh (ex-showroom). 

Kia has updated its premier SUV in India, the Seltos, with RDE-compliant, E20-ready powertrains and rejigged its variants on offer. The compact SUV’s diesel variant now gets an iMT as standard instead of a proper manual gearbox, alongside the option of a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

For now, there is no turbo-petrol engine being offered as the 1.4-litre unit has been discontinued. The enthusiast-friendly engine option is likely to be reintroduced with the facelifted Seltos, which will get a new, powerful 1.5-litre unit.

Kia Seltos prices 

Variant

Old price 

2023 price 

Difference 

Kia Seltos Petrol 

HTE MT 

Rs 10.69 lakh 

Rs 10.89 lakh 

Rs 20,000 

HTK MT

Rs 11.75 lakh 

Rs 12.00 lakh 

Rs 25,000

HTK+ MT 

Rs 12.85 lakh 

Rs 13.10 lakh 

Rs 25,000

HTX  MT 

Rs 14.65 lakh 

Rs 14.90 lakh 

Rs 25,000

HTX iVT 

Rs 15.65 lakh 

Rs 15.90 lakh 

Rs 25,000

Kia Seltos Diesel 

HTE 

Rs 11.89 lakh* 

Rs 12.39 lakh 

Rs 50,000

HTK

Rs 13.19 lakh* 

Rs 13.69 lakh 

Rs 50,000

HTK+ MT

Rs 14.29 lakh

  •  

NA

HTK+ iMT

Rs 14.79 lakh (iMT)

Rs 15.29 lakh 

Rs 50,000

HTX  

Rs 16.09 lakh* 

Rs 16.59 lakh 

Rs 50,000

HTX+ 

Rs 17.09 lakh* 

Rs 17.59 lakh 

Rs 50,000

HTX AT 

Rs 17.09 lakh

Rs 17.59 lakh 

Rs 50,000

GTX+ AT 

Rs 18.85 lakh 

Rs 19.35 lakh 

Rs 50,000

X Line AT 

Rs 19.15 lakh 

Rs 19.65 lakh 

Rs 50,000

All prices are ex-showroom Delhi. MT = Manual Transmission, AT = Automatic Transmission 

*Manual variant prices 

  • At the entry level, the Seltos now starts at Rs 20,000 more than before for the most affordable, base-spec petrol-manual SUV. 

  • All diesel variants get an even price hike of Rs 50,000. 

  • No petrol-powered GT-Line variants are currently on offer. HTX is now the top trim level  for the petrol Seltos. 

  • Range-topping Seltos X Line is diesel-only for now.

No diesel-manual option 

If you’re still a bit confused about the Seltos’s variants and engine-transmission options, here’s a table of the SUV’s powertrains and specs. 

 

1.5-litre NA petrol engine 

1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine

Power 

115PS 

116PS 

Torque 

144Nm 

250Nm 

Standard transmission

Six-speed manual 

Six-speed iMT

Automatic option 

iVT continuously variable transmission

Six-speed torque converter automatic 

Trim levels offered 

MT: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX

iVT: HTX 

iMT: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+

AT: HTX, GTX+, X Line

  • All powertrains are now RDE-compliant and E20 ready. 

  • Seltos is currently only offered with its 1.5-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine and 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit. 

  • More powerful 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine is likely to be introduced with the Seltos facelift, paired with six-speed iMT and seven-speed DCT automatic transmissions. 

  • The Seltos petrol is the only one to get a proper six-speed manual gearbox as standard, diesel variant gets an iMT clutchless-manual ‘box. 

  • CVT automatic only available on the Seltos HTX petrol variant. 

  • A proper 6-speed torque converter automatic is offered with the diesel engine in the HTX, GTX+ and X Line variants. 

  • No GT-Line or X Line turbo-petrol variants are currently available as the 140PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine has been discontinued. A new turbo-petrol engine option will be introduced in the facelifted Seltos later on.

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