The Kia Seltos might soon get a diesel engine in the top-spec GT Line trim. According to reports, the new diesel-powered GT Line model will be made available at a later stage. When launched the new variant will give buyers access to features that were till now available just with the petrol-powered GT Line trim.
The Kia Seltos is creating waves in the Indian market. It features an extremely attractive design, is made with high quality materials, and has set a new standard in the mid-size SUV segment in India. What makes the Kia Seltos stand apart from the competition is the fact that Kia is offering it with several engine and transmission combinations. Adding to this is the fact that there are several variants to choose from, allowing the buyer to have complete freedom over the features in the car and the price as well.
There are two variants of the Kia Seltos — Tech Line & GT Line. These are further divided into several sub-variants. The sub-variants under Tech Line are HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX and HTX+ while the GT Line has GTK, HTX and GTX+ as sub-variants. All sub-variants of the Tech Line can be availed with a turbo-diesel engine or a naturally aspirated petrol engine. The petrol engine in question is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit with a maximum power output of 115bhp and 144Nm.
It can be paired either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. The turbo-diesel is also a 1.5-litre unit with a maximum power output of 115bhp and 250Nm. This engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-step torque converter. All GT Line variants though, are powered by a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with a maximum power output of 140bhp and a peak torque output of 242Nm. It is available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
These are variants that the Kia Seltos will be available with at launch. There are also several other feature differences between the Tech Line and GT Line. Adding to the already lengthy list of features in the Tech Line variants the GT Line further gets side and curtain airbags, a 360-degree camera, blindspot view monitoring system, head-up display, cruise control, etc. If one wants all these features but with diesel power, there are no options to avail the same. Hence, Kia has decided to launch the new variant of the Seltos. The new diesel-powered GT Line will not be made available at the time of launch but will debut at a later stage.