The Kia Sonet Concept car previews Kia’s third product for the Indian space. Kia Sonnet will take on the likes of Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, and Tata Nexon.
Korean carmaker Kia has just taken off the wraps from the Kia Sonet concept car at the Auto Expo 2020. The Sonet will spawn Kia India’s third product – a new sub-four-metre SUV bound to be launched in the coming months.
The new Kia Sonet shares its architecture and some components with the successfully-running Hyundai Venue cousin which went on sale in our country in May 2019, including the same underpinnings. The Sonet concept features Kia’s signature front fascia comprising of a blackened Tiger Nose grille. Red accents are present on the lower bumper and the side body claddings, raising the car’s overall sportiness. A set of matte-silver fog lamps housing flanks the central air dams. Sleek headlamps are used instead of split headlamps setup on the Venue, while the LED daytime running lamps are merged into the grille. We can see some muscular lines and creases on the high-set bonnet, adding more to the Sonet’s chunky look.
The side profile of the Sonet concept car looks prominent with a set of big, dual-tone alloy wheels, squared-off wheel arches and a rising window line. The contrast glossy black roof, blackened wing mirrors and aluminium roof rails are some other notable design cues on the vehicle. The rear end of the Kia Sonet looks radical with full-width LED light bar that connects the sweptback taillights.
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On the inside, there’s a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system standing out on the dashboard. The cabin is smartly laid out with a number of premium features that we also look forward to being introduced in the series production car. There’s no denying the fact that the design would be a bit toned down in the production-spec model. However, spy shot of the road-going Kia Sonet in South Korea shows us a number of exciting design cues expected in the final production.
As for the mechanical package, the all-new SUV will likely to carry forward the options found on the Hyundai Venue. That means a 1.2-litre petrol engine, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor and a 1.5-litre diesel unit will be equipped in the Sonet, all in BSVI guise. Transmission choices may comprise of both a manual and automatic transmissions. A sportier suspension setup over the Venue is expected to come in the Sonet too.
Slotting below the Seltos, Kia Sonet will be aggressively priced to rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, and Ford Ecosport. The launch timeline of the Sonet is said to be in the second half of 2020 with the estimated price range of around Rs 7 – 15 Lakh (ex-showroom).