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Kia Seltos Speculated To Inculcate iMT Gearbox With 1.5-litre Petrol And 1.4-litre Turbo-Petrol Engines

Kia Seltos debuts a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) option on a naturally aspirated petrol engine.

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  • The carmakers are likely to debut the updated Seltos on April 27.
  • Highlight will be the introduction of Hyundai-Kia’s iMT setup on both 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines.
  • Speculated to be equipped with the 1.5-litre’s mid-spec HTK+ and 1.4-litre’s range-topping GTX+ variants.
  • There will be no other changes than the 1.5-litre diesel powertrain of the SUV.

Kia is all set to update and debut its updated version of Seltos by April 27. It is speculated that the standout element of this updated version is likely to be the introduction of Hyundai-Kia’s 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission) clutchless manual gearbox on the petrol variants of the compact SUV.

iMT gearbox on both the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated and the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines is likely to be added by the carmakers. If this happens, the Seltos will become the second SUV  in India and the first in its segment to feature a total of five transmission options. Along with this,  it will also be the first time a naturally aspirated engine will get an iMT option.

Moreover, the 1.5-litre diesel engine is likely to roll on the market without any updates. According to the information, as per now,  the Seltos along with its cousin, the Hyundai Creta, offer three automatic gearboxes — the maximum in the segment.

1.4-litre turbo-petrol 1.5-litre petrol 1.5-litre diesel
Power 140PS 115PS 115PS
Torque 242Nm 144Nm 250Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic) 6-speed MT, CVT 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT

The  sources has revealed that the carmakers are planning to amalgamate the mid-spec HTK+ and the range-topping GTX+ variants with the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines respectively and to get the iMT option. It could also be offered on the Gravity Edition that’s expected to be launched in India.

Even tough the  iMT will be the highlight of the update, but the Kia is also likely to equip the 2021 Seltos with the new brand logo, a panoramic sunroof, and a few other features. The equipment list will go on to feature the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected car tech, ventilated front seats, and ambient lighting.

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