Kia Motors India has taken the covers off the much-awaited Sonet subcompact SUV. Unveiled globally via a webcast for India and other markets, the Kia Sonet is a 'Make in India' product. After the highly acclaimed Kia Seltos, the Sonet will be the second SUV to be rolled out of the Korean automakers manufacturing facility. That said, 'Boy' doesn't the vehicle look dynamic and muscular in the way it has been designed?
To know more about the subcompact SUV, here is 'All You Need To Know' about the globally unveiled Kia Sonet.
Kia Sonet Exterior Design: Showcased first as a Concept at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Kia Sonnet production version is similar to the former. Portraying a dynamic and muscular design, All-New Kia Sonet's front fascia houses a tiger-nose black finished front grille with chrome surrounds. There are sleek LED headlamps integrated with LED DRLs while the front bumper houses the fog lamps. The rear end sports full LED tail lights, a rear diffuser, and dual exhaust pipes. At the sides, the compact SUV is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels and muscular-looking wheel arches with black cladding.
Kia Sonet Interior: The cabin sports the subcompact SUV segment’s largest 10.25-inch horizontally oriented touchscreen infotainment system with a fully digitized instrument cluster. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and offers UVO connect with eSIM connectivity feature. Key features include a wireless charger, engine start/stop button and rear AC vents. Vents for air-conditioning, climate control display and controls are all placed underneath the floating touchscreen. Plus silver finishing is applied to door trims, steering wheel and gear level area giving the interior a premium feel.
Kia Sonet Engine Specifications: All-New Kia Sonet will come with three BS6 compliant powertrain options consisting of 2 petrol and 1 diesel engines. First will be a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine expected to deliver 82 bhp of power and 114 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The company could also introduce the revolutionary IMT gearbox with this engine just so you know that we have already seen it in the Hyundai Venue. Second one would be the 1.0 turbocharged petrol engine capable of producing a maximum power output of 118 bhp with 172 Nm of torque. The engine will be offered with both 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission as optional. While the 1.5-litre diesel engine will generate 99 bhp of power and 240 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and a first in segment 6-speed torque converter automatic unit.
Kia Sonet Expected Price: All-New Kia Sonet is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 7-12 Lakhs (ex-showroom), India.
Kia Sonet competition: Once launched, Kia Sonet will rival the likes of Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue and Maruti Vitara Brezza in the Indian market.