Kia will be launching the 2021 Sonet in May. The manufacturer will be making some changes to the variant line up of the Sonet and also add some new features to it. Because of all this, the price of the compact SUV will increase. There will be no mechanical changes to the Sonet but it will now feature Kia’s new logo on the bonnet. The new Sonet has already been spied and here is a detailed video of the HTX variant of the 2021 Sonet that has been uploaded by The Car Guide – Rishabh Arora.
The host has a white-coloured Kia Sonet HTX variant. According to the host, it is the HTX variant where most of the changes has been done. The new Kia logo is placed on the alloy wheels, steering wheel, key fob and bonnet. Personally, we like the new logo as the old one started to look a bit dated.
The HTX will now come with Electronic Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability management. This is a good thing as Kia has trickled down the high-end safety features to the lower variants. If you opt for the 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine then you can now pair it with the 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission. You can also opt for the 1.5-litre diesel engine now with the 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Now, the HTX variant will also come with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel so that the driver can take manual control whenever he wants.
Now, you also get various drive modes and traction modes with the Sonet. There are three drive modes namely, Eco, Normal and Sport. There are three traction modes to choose from. They are Snow, Mud and Sand. Kia is also offering rear sunshade curtains with the HTX variant so that you can block out the sun’s heat.
It also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is also a multi-function steering wheel, semi-digital instrument cluster with a multi-information display for the driver and automatic climate control. There are no UVO connected car features but you do get an electric sunroof.
Kia has already discontinued HTK Plus DCT 1.0 Petrol and HTK Plus AT 1.5 Diesel variants of the Sonet. However, they will be bringing new variants namely HTX iMT petrol, HTX MT Diesel, HTX DCT Petrol and an HTX AT Diesel. This makes the HTX variant one of the most value for money variants that you can buy. The HTX variants will come with traction control and dual-tone alloy wheels.
Powering the 2021 Sonet are the same three engines on offer. These engines are also shared with the Hyundai Venue. There is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 83 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. It will be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. The diesel engine produces 100/115 PS of max power and 240/250 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The turbo petrol engine produces a max power output of 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission.