Kia Seltos compact SUV to get a new IMT variant: Details

Kia recently updated the Seltos with the introduction of the ‘X-Line’ trim and rejiggling a few variants too. Kia is now working to launch the iMT clutchless transmission with the HTX trim.

Kia Seltos compact SUV to get a new IMT variant: Details

Type approval document by GaadiWaadi shows Kia will launch the clutchless transmission option with the HTX variant soon. Kia currently offers the iMT with the HTK Plus trim. With the rising popularity of the transmission type, Kia will now introduce the same with the HTX, which is positioned one level higher than the HTK Plus.

The HTX trim offers additional features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The variant also offers UVO connected car features. HTX gets features like all four power windows, automatic climate control system, keyless entry and start-stop, cruise control, rear parking camera, all-LED headlamps and tail lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and more.

iMT only with petrol

Even though the HTX trim is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The iMT will be available only with the petrol engine option. The naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine produces a maximum power of 115 PS and a peak torque of 144 Nm.

The trim also gets the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a similar 115 PS of maximum power. However, the torque output of 250 Nm is much higher than the petrol engine option.

2021 Kia Seltos

Kia updated the Seltos earlier this year with additional features and introduced new variants too. The new updated 2021 Kia Seltos gets the new iMT gearbox. It is available with the HTK+ petrol variant of the model. Kia has also introduced the 1.4-litre GTX(O) manual, which is now the new top-end variant. The new iMT variant of the Seltos comes with a sunroof, beige and black interiors and a fully automatic air conditioner. There is also a silver garnish that adds to the modern looks of the vehicle.

The Seltos also gets air purifier with virus and bacteria protection. There are other features including remote engine start in manual transmission, wireless phone connectivity and projection and additional voice commands on the UVO system to control the sunroof and driver-side window of the vehicle.

Kia has also introduced the safety features from higher variants to the entry-level variants of the car. Features like ESC, VSM, Brake Assist, and HAC are available with the lower variants of the car too.

Kia’s Ertiga rival coming soon

Kia is also working on an all-new MPV codenamed KY for the Indian market. The new MPV will be available in both six and seven-seater variations. The new vehicle will offer both petrol and diesel engine options with automatic and manual transmissions too.

It will be a low-cost MPV, unlike the Hyundai Alcazar. The new Ertiga rival will launch in the Indian market sometime in 2022.

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