Kia Seltos to Get iMT Gearbox & New Turbo MT Variant This Month
Kia carmaker is planning to expand its Seltos SUV model lineup in the coming weeks. Kia motors has already confirmed the 2021 Kia Seltos Gravity Edition that’s slated to launch on 27th April. Besides this, the company may even introduce two new variants – iMT (intelligent manual transmission) HTK+ and Turbo GTX (O). Both new variants are reported to hit showrooms in the direction of the top of this month.
Kia Seltos iMT Gearbox
iMT is a kind of gearbox technology that offers the combination of a two-pedal setup of automatic and manual shifting through a conventional gear lever. South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer is expected to offer the 6-speed iMT unit with just the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque. This means this petrol unit will be available with three gearbox options – a 6-speed manual, a continuously variable transmission auto and an intelligent manual transmission.
With the addition of the iMT greabox option, the Seltos will be available with a total of seven powertrain options. Kia offers a 115 hp, 1.5 L diesel engine with 6-speed manual and torque convertor automatic options, along with a 140 hp, 1.4 L turbo-petrol unit, which is paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch auto.
Kia Seltos Turbo GTX(O)
In addition to the iMT gearbox option, the carmaker also has plans to add a new top variant in the turbo option. This will be called GTX (O). As of now, the top-of-the-line turbo Manual Transmission option available onboard the Seltos is GTX+ and it costs Rs 16.5 lakh, (ex-showroom price). The new GTX (O) turbo Manual transmission variant is expected to cost about Rs 17+ lakh, ex-showroom. It will get a panoramic sunroof.
2021 Kia Seltos Additional Features
2021 Kia Seltos is expected to feature some additional features. The new SUV is also likely to wear Kia’s new logo that has been designed in line with Kia’s new marketing strategy along with a new slogan which says “Movement that inspires”. The other major addition is slated to be the Gravity Edition of Kia Seltos which comes with distinct styling and feature upgrades over the regular model. For instance, the Gravity Edition rides on larger 18-inch alloy wheels that come with a different design. Other exterior highlights include a studded front grille, silver finish on ORVMs, door garnish, and larger skid plates at the front and rear bumpers.