Kia has just announced the 2021 Seltos and 2021 Sonet in an online event. They also showcased their new logo that will not come on their vehicles. They now have a new brand slogan as “Movement that inspires”. The changes on the SUVs will not be mechanical but they will come with the new logo. Kia will also be making changes to the variant line-up of both the SUVs. Both the SUVs will be launched in the first week of May. Here, we have the new teaser of the 2021 Kia Seltos.
The video has been uploaded by MRD Cars on their YouTube channel. The video shows the teaser of the new Seltos. We can also see the new Kia logo on the Seltos in the teaser. Unfortunately, the video does not shows us the changes that the new Seltos will come with.
However, according to the reports, we know that Kia will be bringing two new variants namely, iMT HTK+ and Turbo GTX (O) MT. The manufacturer has already discontinued HTX Plus AT variant for the 1.5-litre Diesel engine. The reports also say reveals some of the features that will be added to the Seltos.
There will be now new voice commands for opening the sunroof, controlling air intake, AC direction, control driver window etc. The voice commands would be able to work by just saying ‘Hi Kia’. It will also come with paddle shifters. However, there will be no panoramic sunroof on offer. There is also no gravity edition of Seltos.
Seltos will continue to be offered three engine options. However, there is a new transmission that has been added now to the line-up. The Seltos is offered with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection.
The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 115 PS of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or an IVT automatic transmission. Now, this engine will also be offered with a 6-speed iMT or intelligent Manual Transmission which is effectively a clutchless manual gearbox.
The driver would need to change the gear himself but he would not have to engage or disengage the clutch. Some people consider intelligent Manual Transmission, the best of both worlds. This is because you can enjoy the enthusiasm of shifting the gears yourself and you are not tired in bumper to bumper traffic because you do not have to keep modulating the clutch.
Then there is the 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Finally, there is the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 140 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 242 Nm. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Kia Seltos starts at Rs. 9.89 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 17.45 lakhs ex-showroom. It competes against Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, MG Hector, Skoda Kushaq, upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Harrier.