The Kia Sonet, the South Korean auto maker's first-ever sub-4-metre compact SUV, is slated to launch in India in August.
With just two offerings to the Indian auto market, the Kia Seltos and the Kia Carnival, Kia has become one of the leading auto brands in the country. Another all-new product from the South Korean auto manufacturer, the Kia Sonet, is slated for launch in August to participate in the highly competitive sub-4-metre compact SUV segment.
The production-spec Kia Sonet will remain largely identical to the concept model.
This segment saw two formidable competitors launched last year, the Hyundai Venue and the Mahindra XUV300. Apart from these two vehicles, once launched in India, the Kia Sonet will be the company’s most affordable model and the first Kia’s sub-4-metre compact SUV in the Indian auto market. Apart from the Venue and the XUV300, the Kia Sonet will also rival other compact SUVs like the Ford EcoSport, the Tata Nexon and the segment dominator Maruti Vitara Brezza and even the upcoming Nissan Magnite
Kia’s new compact SUV was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo under the concept model. The production-spec model will remain largely identical to the concept one apart from some minor different features. The former will feature Kia’s typical design with a Tiger Nose grille, sharp LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs and a sculpted bonnet. The production model sets it apart from the concept one with the 18-inch alloy rims, flush door handles and several other things. The new Sonet will also be equipped with a range of segment-leading features including a large 10.25-inch infotainment system and a Bose speaker system. Nevertheless, they will be available only on the top-spec variants.
The top-spec Kia Konet will be packed with several segment-leading features.
The new Kia compact SUV will borrow the platform from the Hyundai Venue. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated gasoline burner, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit and a 1.5-litre oil burner. A 6-speed MT unit will be provided as standard across all the variants. For the first time, the semi-automatic transmission will be offered to the Indian auto market. Not having any clutch pedal, this transmission allows the drivers to manually alter the gears. This will be a more affordable alternative to the AMT version. A diesel-automatic combination and 7-speed DCT will also be provided by the South Korean carmaker for the its new compact SUV.