Kia Motors India unveiled their third product Sonet SUV in the market last month. Bookings for the same have also started and the manufacturer will be officially announcing the prices and start delivery on 18 September 2020. Kia Motors India has now officially rolled out first Kia Sonet SUV from Anantapur plant, Andhra Pradesh. Kia Sonet when launched will compete with cars like Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the segment. The manufacturer also announced that the mass production of the Sonet in India has been initiated after testing the vehicle for over 100,000 kilometers in different climatic conditions and some of the most challenging terrains in the country.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO at Kia Motors India said, “Today is a momentous day for Kia Motors India, as we officially roll-out the first Kia Sonet customer car. It is a matter of great pride that we have been able to stay true to our promise of ‘The Power to Surprise’ and bring in Sonet in time, despite the unprecedent challenges the world is facing today. Kia Sonet is the symbol of promise and commitment of Kia to the Indian market and a testament to the passion and dedication of the employees at our state-of-the-art Anantapur plant who have worked relentlessly to ensure uninterrupted development of the new Sonet.”
Kia Sonet is bold looking feature loaded SUV in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment. It gets Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grille at the front with all LED hradlamps, heartbeat shaped DRLS, LED fog lamps and a muscular bumper at the front. The Sonet gets sporty looking machine cut alloy wheels, black claddings and roof rails on the side profile. Coming to the rear, it get all LED tail lamps with a reflector bar running between the lamps. The rear bumper also looks muscular.
On the inside, Kia Sonet is equipped with 30+ segment best features like front ventilated seats, electric sunroof, wireless phone charging, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment screen, ambient lighting, Bose audio system and so on. It also gets 57 UVO Connect features including voice assist and so on.
Kia Sonet will be available with a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine that will get iMT and DCT gearbox options, 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual gearbox and a 1.5 litre diesel engine with manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. Kia Sonet will be a made in India product that will also be sold in various global markets, just like its first product Kia Seltos. Kia is looking at building India as the export hub for the Sonet to cater to the demand of over 70 markets globally.