The upcoming Kia Sonet is expected to offer the biggest touchscreen infotainment display in its segment, which will measure 10.25-inches diagonally and will come from the bigger Seltos.
Kia Motors showcased the all-new Sonet concept at the Auto Expo 2020 early this year. The Sonet is a compact SUV and will rub shoulders with the likes of some well-established sub-4m SUVs in the segment like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, and Mahindra XUV300. The Korean carmaker has already started gaining popularity in the Indian market courtesy the Seltos and Carnival. The carmaker has now planned to strengthen its SUV line-up. Therefore Kia is now planning to target the most accessible SUV segment with the Sonet. The sub-4m SUV will share a few commonalities with the Hyundai Venue. The Venue was launched last year and is now among the top-selling compact SUVs in our market.
The all-new compact SUV is expected to hit the Indian shores by the upcoming festive season
The upcoming Kia Sonet will be underpinned by the same platform as the Venue. The sub-4m SUV is expected to hit the showroom floors by the second half of this year. As compared to Venue, the all-new Sonet will boast of a flashier design. It will be designed on the baselines of Kia's family design language, which is followed by the brand's lineup globally. Reports suggest that the production-spec version of the upcoming SUV will be very similar to the concept model. Moreover, the cabin of the car will be feature loaded with equipment like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO connect, premium Bose sound system, flat-bottom steering wheel, automatic climate control, wireless charging pad, electric sunroof, ambient lighting and much more.
The Sonet is expected to come with 3 engine options: 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. The naturally aspirated 1.2-litre motor will produce 82 bhp of power and 114 Nm of peak torque while the turbo petrol unit is good at producing power and torque outputs of 118 bhp and 172 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel unit belts out 99bhp and 215 Nm of twisting force. These same engine options also propel the Hyundai Venue. In a similar fashion, the Sonet will also borrow the transmission option from the Venue.