Kia Motors has officially started accepting bookings for the Sonet. It’ll rival the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza, once launched.
Kia Sonet will soon be entering the highly-competitive sub-4m compact-SUV segment in India. Once launched, it’ll rival the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Mahindra XUV300. The Sonet was recently revealed to the masses and is scheduled to launch in our market by next month. However, the carmaker has started accepting the bookings for the Sonet, officially. One can book the all-new Kia Sonet at a token amount of Rs 25,000 at any Kia dealership across the country.
Mr Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kia Motors India said, “The Sonet is Kia’s answer to customers in the compact SUV segment who want style and substance, quality and features, performance and technology, comfort and safety in one compelling package. The Sonet has been engineered and built with Indian inputs and is a global model for Kia from India. India is the first country in the world where the Sonet goes on sale, and with the commencement of pre-bookings, we are confident our smart urban compact SUV will be warmly received in the country.”
In terms of design, the production-spec Kia Sonet looks a lot like the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. It employs a ‘Tiger Nose’ grille upfront, silver-coloured faux skid plate, and a sporty looking bumper. Illumination duties are done by LED headlamps with integrated Heartbeat LED DRLs. The side profile of the SUV gets blacked-out pillars, all black plastic cladding, sloping roofline, rear-sloping C-pillar, and bold creases. The rear profile of the SUV will feature wrap-around LED taillights adjoined by red coloured reflector strip, a sporty looking rear bumper and faux dual-exhaust muffler.
The petrol variants of the all-new Kia Sonet will be offered with 2 engine options - 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. The former of the two develop power and torque output of 83 PS and 113 Nm, respectively, while the latter produces 120 PS and 172 Nm of rated output. The diesel variants, on the other hand, will be powered by a 1.5-litre engine. It will be offered in two states of tune for Tech Line and GT Line variants. Tech Line trims will employ a conventional turbocharger on the oil burner, with a rated output of 100 PS/240 Nm. The GT Line trims will get a powerful avatar of this motor with a variable geometry turbocharger, thus producing a peak power output of 115 PS and max torque of 250 Nm.