As per the reports, it is said that the variants of the Sonet and Seltos will be removed by mid-April. The Kia dealers has finally stopped accepting bookings for them since April 1. But, right now there is no mid-spec automatic variant of the Sonet on offer for you.
As per this circular sent to its dealer partners, Kia India states that the Sonet’s HTK+ 1.0-litre turbo petrol DCT and HTK+ 1.5-litre diesel AT trims and the Seltos’ HTX+ 1.5-litre diesel AT variant will not be available for further bookings and sale from the middle of April.
The new updated range for both cars models will commence from 1st May 2021 as per the Kia. Thus the brand has also asked its dealers not to take bookings for the discontinued trims from 1st April.
With discontinuation of the 1.0-litre turbo petrol DCT and 1.5-litre diesel AT, the Sonet HTK+ trim now is available in only manual gearboxes for all of its engines. This include the 1.2-litre petrol (5MT), 1.0-litre turbo petrol (6iMT) and 1.5-litre diesel (6MT).
On the contrary, the Seltos HTX+ which was earlier offered only with a 1.5-litre diesel engine is speculated to be paired either with a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. It too has become a manual-only trim with the latest revision that has been rolled out.
Details about the revised 2021 Kia Seltos variants will be announced soon and the same will go for the 2021 Sonet sub-4 metre SUV as well.
Unfortunately, the customers who were planning on to get a mid-spec automatic variant of the Sonet, are left with no option but to go for ₹ 2 lakh more expensive top-of-the-line GTX Plus trim. And it’s the case for both the petrol and diesel options.
As per the Seltos, company is only giving up on one higher-spec diesel variant which is understandable considering the small price gap between the HTX Plus AT and the GTX Plus AT, which means the latter is likely to be more in demand.