The Kia Sonet sold in Indonesia is a bit longer than the sub-4 metre model sold in India. Thus, it is likely to get an extra row of seats soon, as the brand has released a new teaser of the SUV.
Kia Motors Indonesia released a teaser image for the upcoming 7-seat version of the Sonet sub-compact SUV, with the vehicle to be unveiled on April 8, 2021. The new 7-seater SUV will be based on the Indonesian version of the Sonet which is longer than the model sold in India. It is longer with a length of 4,120 mm compared to the sub-4 metre length of the Sonet in India, and the former could squeeze in the third row of seats, though it will considerably compromise the boot space. Powering the Indonesian 7-seater Sonet will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine which will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT auto. The launch of the new variant of the Sonet will take place by the end of 2021 in Indonesia, with the vehicle being produced in Kia’s Indian facility in Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking of the Kia Sonet, the Indian model is a great buy if you’re looking to buy a sub-compact SUV with powertrain flexibility, feature-loaded trim levels, and attractive prices. The Sonet gets all-LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED turn indicators, and ice cube-shaped LED fog lamps. Over to the interior, the Sonet comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the centre console, an electric sunroof, multi-function steering wheel with the rake and reach adjustability, integrated air purifier, ventilated front seats, front parking sensors, 360-degree parking camera, and an audio system from Bose.
You can buy the Kia Sonet with the choice of 3 engines, 2 petrol and 1 diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 83 PS/115 Nm of peak figures and is paired to a 5-speed manual while the 1.0 turbo-petrol makes 120 PS/172 Nm of peak figures and can be paired to a 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT. The oil-burner is a 1.5-litre unit that comes in two states of tune, 100 PS/240 Nm or 115 PS/250 Nm. There are two transmission choices, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
Prices for the Kia Sonet range between Rs 6.79 lakh for the base HTE trim and goes up to Rs 13.19 lakh for the GTX Plus Diesel AT dual-tone variant. Do note all prices are ex-showroom.