The Kia Sonet is a Hyundai Venue-based sub-4-metre offering that will go on to lock horns with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and its own donor model
We continue to stumble upon fresh details of the Kia Sonet as the new sub-compact offering inches closer to its launch. Recently, we brought to you the fuel efficiency figures of the upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza-rival. Now, in a new development, we have learnt that the Sonet is now on display at authorized Kia dealerships. Moreover, we've also got our hands on a purported price list of the Hyundai Venue-based model. If the said price list is to be believed, the ex-showroom prices of the Sonet will range from Rs 6.99-12.99 lakh.
As is already quite well-known, the Kia Sonet will be sold in a range of engine and transmission options. The entry-level models will feature a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated Kappa petrol motor that will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. As per the price list that we've got our hands on, the base trim of the 1.2-litre engine variant will cost Rs 6.99 lakh*, while the HTK Plus version, which will make for the flagship version of the base engine varaint, will allegedly cost Rs 8.29 lakh*. Meanwhile, prices of the 120PS/172Nm 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine variant are being speculated to start at Rs 9.49 lakh*, while the purported pricing of the diesel model ranges from Rs 8.39-12.99 lakh*.
It must be noted here that the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will be available in two transmission variants - 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) and 7-speed DCT automatic. The diesel-sipping version will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that will be available in FGT and VGT configurations. The former will produce 100PS/240Nm and come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the latter will offer 115PS/250Nm and will be paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit.
The authenticity of the above price list is yet to be confirmed but what's for sure is that the new model will command a premium over the Hyundai Venue, at least once the introductory price offer is over. It is important to note here that the Kia Sonet shares its underpinnings as well as most of the engine options with the Hyundai Venue. While both the vehicles even share much of the comfort- and convenience-enhancing equipment, the Sonet comes with some additional goodies in the form of a first-in-segment large-size, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, ventilated front seats, Bose premium surround sound system, front parking sensors and sound-controlled ambient lighting. Akin to the Kia Seltos, the Sonet will be sold in Tech Line and GT Line trims, with the latter offering a sportier package through a host of minor styling updates and a few additional features.