The base variant of the Kia Sonet has been recently spotted while getting tested. The all-new Kia SUV will compete with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
The Korean automaker Kia is all set to reveal its all-new sub-4-meter SUV named as Sonet in the Indian market next month. The SUV was first showcased in concept form by the carmaker early this year at the 2020 Auto Expo. We already know the powertrain and gearbox options along with a few premium features, which are likely to be offered with the SUV, but there are still a lot of details yet to be revealed. The latest set of spy images unveils the interior of the base variant of the upcoming Kia Sonet. One can see that it gets an adjustable steering wheel, which is completely circular, while the top-spec models of the SUV will get flat-bottom steering unit. Moreover, it gets a 2 DIN Bluetooth system with a USB port.
It also employs manual AC controls, which will take up the space of the touchscreen infotainment system. The centre console of the base trim does not look as attractive the one offered on the Seltos. The base variant of the SUV features a digital instrument console and steering mounted controls. But, it seems like there’s no voice assist and telephone controls on offer. So, we can say that this is the base variant of the upcoming Sonet and we expect one trim above the base variant to get a touchscreen infotainment unit. Recent reports suggest that the all-new Kia SUV will be offered in HT and GT Line variants. The HT line trim will be offered with petrol and diesel variants, while the GT line is expected to be offered exclusively with the turbocharged petrol motor.
The Sonet SUV will borrow all the engine and gearbox options from Hyundai Venue. The SUV will get propelled by a 1.2-litre petrol mill, which develops power and torque outputs of 83 PS and 113, and it will come paired with a 5-speed MT. The diesel mill will be a 1.5-litre turbo oil burner that produces 100 PS and 240 Nm of twisting force and, it'll come coupled to a 6-speed MT. The SUV will also derive power from a 1.0-litre turbo petrol mill, which churns out 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque. The transmission duties will be done by a 7-speed DCT.