Kia Sonet will be launched in the Indian market on August 7. However, the production-spec test mule of the car has been spotted during its final phase of testing. Here's all the info that these spy pics reveal.
Kia Sonet is going to be the South-Korean carmaker’s move in the heavily-filled sub-4m compact-SUV space. It is all set to be launched on August 7, but thus far, not much is known about the design and features of the production-spec car. However, an avid reader of Indian Auto, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, has managed to spot and click the production-spec test mule of the Kia Sonet in Palwal, Haryana. Interestingly, these pictures reveal a lot of details about the upcoming model.
To start with, the Kia Sonet gets an upright stance with a high-set bonnet and not-so-raked windshield, which gives it an SUV-typical boxy silhouette. While the car is partially covered under the camo, a lot of details can still be seen. It gets flared wheel arches to house 17-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels, which are shod with fairly-wide tyres. Also, the Sonet gets all-black cladding that runs across the length of the car, right from the front bumper to rocker panel and the rear bumper. The greenhouse area is decently large as well, thanks to the large windows, thin pillars, and rear quarter glass. A chrome strip runs along the window line that further accentuates the Sonet’s upmarket appeal.
The test mules are also fitted with chunky roof rails that also get a dual-tone treatment. The rear end of the roof rails follows a similar design as those of the bigger Seltos. Also, it gets a shark-fin antenna on the top. While the rear end is under heavy wraps just like the front, a few details can still be observed. It will get a neat looking spoiler with high-mounted stop lamp. And, tail lamps will come with multi-element LED setup. Also, the pictures suggest that it will only get two parking sensors at the rear.
Talking of the engine options, the Kia Sonet will be offered with 3 options in total – 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbo-petrol, and 1.5L turbo-diesel. These engine options are identical to those of the Hyundai Venue, which it borrows its underpinnings from. The 1.2L petrol motor will develop 83 PS/113 Nm here and will come mated to a 5-speed MT only. The 1.5L oil burner, however, will put out a rated output of 100 PS/240 Nm and will come mated to a 6-speed MT. The smallest of the lot, 1.0L turbo-petrol motor will develop 120 PS/172 Nm. It will be available with 2 transmission options – 7-speed DCT and 6-speed iMT.