Catering to the mandate of the RDE norms deadline of April 2023, Kia updates the Kia Seltos for the same. It is now both RDE-compliant, as well as, E20-compatible. Under this transition, the Seltos Diesel Manual is lost for good. What it trades for is the intelligent Manual Transmission or the iMT. It also gets an option for a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Interestingly, the 1.4-liter turbo petrol has been lifted off the table as well.
The price hike also accompanies these new changes. Let's look at the highlights of these updates.
What Kia Seltos Engine Options Are Now Available?
The diesel manual, as we reported earlier, is now gone for good. It has shifted to an iMT as standard with diesel. For now, there is no turbo-petrol engine on offer as the 1.4-liter unit has been discontinued. The turbo petrol may return with the facelifted Kia Seltos sometime later.
At the moment, you only get Naturally Aspirated 1.5L petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel powertrain options. Let's table it below.
|1.5-litre NA Petrol||1.5-litre Turbo Diesel|
|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+, HTXiVT: HTX||iMT: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+AT: HTX, GTX+, X Line|
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Price Chart: How Much Will It Cost You Now?
The base variant is now Rs. 20,000 more than before which makes the Kia Seltos start from Rs. 10.89 lahks. The diesel trim gets a premium of Rs. 50,000. The price chart can be observed below to find out the price of your choice of trim.
|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|
|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|
VERDICT- The new KIA Seltos is a mechanically tweaked same car. It now follows the BS 6 Phase II norms with E20 compliance. What it brings with it is the price bump of Rs. 20,000 for the petrol and Rs, 50,000 for the diesel trims. The Seltos facelift is already launched in the International market and is also expected to land in India sometime in the near future.
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