The recently launched Kia Sonet is a direct rival to the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300
Ever since Kia first set its footstep in India, the South Korean brand has hit many records. Kia Motors India easily becomes one of the biggest auto companies in India with only two models in its portfolio. Just some days ago, Kia launched its latest much-awaited Sonet SUV which has also broken the records of the highest pre-booked vehicle within the first day in the Indian auto space. We’ve already seen in the all-new Kia Sonet, in all its glory, back when it made its debut. Now, our in-house digital illustrator has imagined how the Sonet would look like in convertible avatar. Here’s a Kia Sonet Convertible that has been rendered digitally based on his imagination.
As things stand, the Kia Sonet Convertible here retains a four-door setup while sporting the removal of the roof. The Sonet looks perfect in this new image, seeing the addition of a new windscreen and a soft-top cover at the rear. Apart from these, there are no other changes spotted on the rendered vehicle. The Sonet Convertible carries forward the aggressive front end with Kia’s tiger-nose front grille, sharp-looking headlamps with LED DRLs along with a lot of chrome inserts.
Don’t get me wrong. There will be no Kia Sonet Convertible in the production form in the Indian market, at least in the foreseeable future. In fact, there are no mass-market convertible cars in India for some reasons like the high cost and unsuitable weather condition. Therefore, Kia is unlikely to take such a high risk of introducing the Sonet Convertible in our country.
Building a convertible car may jack up the prices of a vehicle to a staggeringly higher level. Many have attempted to convert their cars into convertible form at local garages but do note that this method may impact the strength of the car’s structure then makes it very dangerous to drive on the public roads.
Back to the regular Kia Sonet, the all-new sub-4m SUV by Kia has been launched quite competitively at an introductory price of Rs 6.71 – 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Kia Sonet 2020 takes huge inspiration from the Kia Seltos and it’s also available in Tech Line and GT Line trims with the latter features just one variant. The Sonet comes with three engine options under the bonnet – a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol alongside a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor unit.
Kia seems a bit late to the party since the sub-four-metre SUV segment is already crowded. However, the company has tried to give the Sonet a huge competitive edge over its rivals like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, etc. with a feature-laden cabin and a tasty pricing bracket. The only grouse in the Sonet should be the amount of legroom and shoulder room it offers for the rear passengers despite having the largest boot of the class.