The date for the launch of Kia Sonet has been confirmed as August 7, but the brand has been tight-lipped about other details of the car. However, here's everything you should know.
Kia Sonet is all set to enter the pool of compact SUVs in the Indian market on August 7, 2020. The South-Korean carmaker will introduce the Sonet as a premium contender in the sub-4m compact SUV space. Earlier, we reported that our sources have confirmed of the Sonet's prices, which will start from Rs. 8.00 lakh and will top out at Rs. 13.00 lakh. However, to suffice the premium price tag, the carmaker will launch it loaded with a lot of equipment. To start with, it will get the same 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit as its elder sibling, the Seltos. Thus, it will have the biggest touchscreen display in the segment.
The infotainment unit will come coupled with other segment-leading features, such as UVO Connect, Bose sound system, and more. Other convenience features will include keyless entry & go, push-button start-stop system, cruise control, climate control, auto-dimming IRVM, automatic sunroof, tilt & telescopic adjustability for the steering wheel and more.
In terms of design, the production-spec Seltos is expected to do with a similar profile as the concept version that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. On the front, it will get the Kia-specific Tiger Nose grille, which will be flanked by sleek headlamp units on either side. These clusters will also feature a distinctive design for the LED DRLs. On the sides, a reverse-inclined C-pillar will be the attention-grabbing element. The alloy wheels are likely to be 17-inches in diameter and will feature diamond-cut dual-tone finish. The rear-end of the Sonet will get connected tail lamps, which will come infused with smart-looking LED elements Also, connecting the two units will be a reflector strip.
Talking of the mechanicals specifications, the Sonet will be a mechanical twin to the Venue. Hence, it will get the same powertrain and drivetrain options as the Venue. There will be 3 engine options on offer – 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbo-petrol, and 1.5L diesel. The 1.2L N/A petrol unit is likely to develop a rated output of 83 PS/113 Nm. The diesel, on the other hand, will produce a peak output of 100 PS/240 Nm. The smallest of the lot, the 1.0L turbo-petrol unit will churn out a peak power output of 120 PS and max torque of 172 Nm.
Talking of the transmission options, it will be offered with 4 choices – 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT, and iMT. The iMT is going to be the most advanced form of transmission in this segment. It will come with a stick to shift the gears like a manual transmission but without a clutch pedal.