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Kia Sonet, Carens & Seltos ditch diesel manual variants

Written by Nayak

Given the upcoming RDE emission norms that will come into effect from April 1. Kia has brought in some important updates to the entire line-up in India. We see some major changes in the Carens, Seltos and Sonet powertrain line-up. As of now the prices for the updated Kia models are not yet announced officially. But, we have the change summary of all that has changed on the Carens, Seltos and Sonet.

Kia Carens

The main highlight of the Carens is the new petrol engine. This is a 160 HP, 253 Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. We saw this engine make its debut with the Alcazar. And very soon it will also power the all-new Verna. This new engine is a good 20 HP and 11Nm better in output than the outgoing engine. In the updated lineup, the older 140 HP, the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit has been discontinued. Kia also pulled the plug of the manual gearbox with the turbo-petrol or diesel engines. The 6-speed iMT unit has replaced these. Thus, the 115 HP, NA petrol is the only engine with a manual gearbox on offer.

Kia Seltos

As it stands, the Seltos will only arrive with the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and turbo-diesel engines. Like the Carens, the Seltos’ 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine too will be replaced by the new 1.5-litre unit. But this will happen later possibly with the midlife facelift. Similar to the Carens, the manual gearbox has been discontinued on the diesel. In fact, the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine has also been discontinued for now.

Kia Sonet

Unlike the above two models, the Sonet has updated its diesel engine line-up. Till now, the diesel engine on the Sonet was offered in versions, 100hp (MT) and 115hp (AT). With the RDE update coming in, both gearboxes now come with the 115 HP state-of-tune. This will also follow in the updated Venue. Other than this, the 83 HP, 1.2-litre petrol and the 120 HP, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engines continue. Buyers of the Sonet will now miss out on a diesel-MT powertrain as the iMT unit has replaced this.

Also Read: Kia could discontinue diesel manual options from Sonet, Carens & Seltos.