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Kia Seltos diesel variants to be replaced by a petrol hybrid?

Written by Akhil Dalvi

Based on a recent media report from Korea, Kia is planning to discontinue the diesel variant of its Seltos SUV. The report goes on to suggest that Kia is likely to replace the Seltos’ diesel powertrain with a petrol-hybrid option. The Korean automotive giant will reportedly borrow the hybrid powertrain for the Seltos from its Niro crossover SUV. Kia will reportedly introduce the Seltos’ hybrid variant on its upcoming new facelift in 2022 for international markets.

Therefore, the new Seltos Hybrid will reportedly use the 1.6-litre petrol engine that’s paired to a parallel-hybrid system. The system will use a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery that will power the AC electric motor alongside the engine. With an additional 42 PS and 170 Nm, the Seltos Hybrid will produce a total of 140 PS and 264 Nm. Meanwhile, Kia first introduced the Seltos in India in 2019, which quickly became one of the most successful mid-size SUVs.

Kia Seltos Facelift: Highlights 

Reports and Sources from Korea yet again spotted Kia testing the upcoming facelift version of the Seltos with heavy camouflage. Based on the leaked images, the Seltos may sport an all-new front fascia along with changes to the rear. The camouflaged test mule also showcases the revised LED DRLs that resemble the ones on the recently-launched Carens MPV. Along with a reprofiled front and rear bumper, the Seltos facelift will reportedly sport reworked taillights and a refreshed interior.

2022 Kia Seltos in India: Technical Specs and Features 

Currently, the Kia Seltos in India comes with 3 engine options and 3 gearbox combinations, costing INR 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom). First is the 1.5-liter, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol that produces 115 PS and 144 Nm via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine develops 140 PS and 242 Nm via a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission. Finally, the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel motor produces 115 PS and 250 Nm via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions.

In 2021, Kia India introduced a variety of new convenience features for the Seltos, along with an X Line variant. As part of its refresh, the current Seltos now gets paddle shifters with the 7-speed gearbox offered on GTX+ trims. The company also offers the Smart Pure Air Purifier with ‘Virus and Bacteria’ Protection on HTX and HTX+ trims. The Seltos also gets additional voice commands for its opening/closing the sunroof driver window along with OTA map updates.

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