Kia Seltos, Sonet Diesel Get iMT in India; Prices Hiked by up to Rs 50,000

By Reetika Bhatt | on March 15, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

The Sonet and the Seltos SUVs from Korean automaker Kia now come with updated engine and gearbox options. To comply with the upcoming BS6 Phase II or Real Driving Emission (RDE) norms, the powertrains of both models have been updated. Consequently, the engines are now compatible with E20 fuel. The diesel-iMT powertrain has been fitted in the Seltos and the Sonet BS6 Phase II versions. Further, the revised powertrains result in a price increase of up to Rs 50,000 for both models. Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 7.79 lakh, respectively, are the new starting prices. Additionally, the Seltos will receive the new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine in place of the previous 1.4-litre turbo unit. Let's now go through the updated pricing and modifications for each model.

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Kia Seltos: Updates and Revised Prices

The 1.4-litre turbo gasoline engine was removed from the Seltos lineup by Kia. There are currently two engine choices for the SUV: a 114bhp, 1.5-litre NA petrol engine and a 115bhp, 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. The diesel version is presently available with a 6-speed iMT and 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox choice. The diesel Seltos will not come with an option for a manual gearbox now. In contrast, the Seltos petrol is available with either an iVT or CVT and a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Kia Seltos HTE MT model now costs Rs 20,000 more, and the other petrol models all see a Rs 25,000 price increase. The Seltos diesel model is now more expensive by Rs 50,000. The SUV is currently available for between Rs 10.89 lakh and Rs 19.65 lakh (ex-showroom).

Kia Sonet: Updates and Revised Prices

Three different engines are offered for the Sonet sub-4 metre SUV: a 1.5-litre turbo diesel, an 82bhp, 1.2-litre NA petrol, and a 118bhp, 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol. The diesel engine previously came in two states of tune: 100bhp and 113bhp. The oil burner is now only available in one tuning state (115bhp and 242Nm). Both a six-speed torque converter automatic and a six-speed iMT are now offered for the powertrain. With the diesel version, the company has ceased offering the manual gearbox option.

There are now iMT & 7-speed DCT gearbox options for the Sonet with 1.0-litre turbo, in addition to the diesel engine. Only the Sonet entry-level with the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine is offered with the manual transmission option. The Kia Sonet diesel trim got a consistent price hike of Rs 50,000. The majority of the petrol variants receive a uniform price hike of Rs 25,000. The Sonet HTX 1.0 DCT is now Rs 19,000 more expensive, and the entry-level HTE 1.2 MT is now Rs 10,000 more expensive. The Kia Sonet is currently offered between the ranges of Rs 7.79 lakh and Rs 13.89 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Kia Carens: Updates and Revised Prices

Kia Carens, a popular three-row vehicle in India, has received a major update that includes a new engine that meets the most recent RDE regulations. In addition, the Carens lineup now includes the automaker's iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) technology. The Carens, which was first introduced in February of last year, is now available with a variety of engine options, including the standard 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, the 1.5-litre diesel engine, and the most recent addition - a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which replaces the previous 1.4-litre turbocharged unit. The new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine is also available with a seven-speed DCT transmission.

The ex-showroom starting price for the Kia Carens with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a six-speed iMT gearbox is Rs 12 lakh. The most expensive iMT variant, the Luxury Plus 7 variant, is available for Rs 17.55 lakh. Starting at ex-showroom prices, the same engine paired with the DCT gearbox costs Rs 15.55 lakh and increases to Rs 18.45 lakh for the top-spec variant.

Kia India: February Sales Figures

Meanwhile, the manufacturer recently announced the sales figures for the month of February. It reported selling 24,600 units in the domestic market for the said month. The company increased its sales by 35.8 per cent over the same month last year, selling 18,121 units. Several Kia models, according to the automaker, contributed to the highest sales growth. The Kia Sonet sales increased by 59.83 per cent year-on-year (YoY) to 9,836 units in February 2023, from 6,154 units sold in February 2022. There was a 3,682 unit increase in volume. Furthermore, the model's MoM sales increased by 6.21 per cent from 9,261 units sold in January 2023.

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