According to some Kia dealers we spoke to, the automaker will be phasing out the HTK Plus DCT 1.0 Petrol and HTK Plus AT 1.5 Diesel variants of the Sonet, and the HTX Plus AT 1.5 Diesel of the Seltos, starting in mid-April 2021.
Customers who have booked said Kia Sonet & Seltos variants before March 31st will receive deliveries
Kia Motors India has discontinued two variants of the Sonet subcompact SUV and one variant of the Seltos compact SUV. According to some Kia dealers we spoke to, the automaker will no longer have the HTK Plus DCT 1.0 Petrol and HTK Plus AT 1.5 Diesel variants of the Sonet, and the HTX Plus AT 1.5 Diesel of the Seltos offered from the middle. April 2021. In addition, Kia Motors has also asked its partner dealers to stop accepting reservations for said variants from April 1, 2021. However, according to a leaked document, the company will honor deliveries of the aforementioned variants of the Sonet and Seltos that have been booked by a customer no later than March 31, 2021.
We have contacted Kia Motors India for official confirmation and the reason for this decision, however, at the time of this story’s publication, our email to the company has gone unanswered.
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That said, in the leaked document, Kia explains that the decision was based on reviews and booking trends for the two SUVs, which the company witnessed. To this end, the company will streamline the Sonet and Seltos variants from May 1, 2021, and more details will be provided afterwards. So it is possible that we will see more rearrangement of the variants.
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That said, it does mean that customers who might be looking to get a mid-range automatic variant of the Sonet will have no choice but to go for the high-end GTX Plus version, which is around ₹ 2 lakh. more expensive. And this is the case for the gasoline and diesel options. In the case of the Seltos, we only lose one high spec diesel variant, which is understandable given the small price difference between the HTX Plus AT and the GTX Plus AT, which means the latter will likely be more. requested.
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