This Year the Auto Expo was not that grand when compared to its last installments. This was mainly because many manufacturers did not show up at the expo. Even though we did not see many luxury or high-end cars in the expo, there were still some brand that came up with brilliant concepts that will come to India eventually. One such manufacturer was Kia Motors that unveiled their sub-4 meter SUV concept Sonet at the expo this year. When it makes to the production, Kia Sonet will be a compact SUV that will compete with cars Like Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Hyundai Venue in the segment.
Starting from the front of the Sonet, design looks quite new. It is nothing like the Seltos mid-size SUV that was launched in the market last year. Kia Sonet also gets the signature Tiger nose grille with gloss black grille and red inserts in it. The bumper looks quite sporty with two scoops where we would probably see the ice cube shaped fog lamps. Lower part of the bumper has the air dam with silver inserts and skid plates below it. The headlamp is an all lED unit with DRLs in it. Overall, front of the car looks aggressive and sporty.
Side profile of the car gets a proper SUV stance with bold looking wheel arches and claddings, roof rails and blacked out roof and the stylish looking alloy wheels with red inserts give the Sonet a premium appeal. Concept gets flush door handles, it is likely to be replaced with a normal door handle when it makes to the production line. Similarly the ORVMs would also be changed with a different unit.
At the rear, there is a black panel on both side of the rear glass which makes it look like a wide car from a distance. The tail lights like in any other Kia car are all LED. It is a single piece which is joined by an LED strip with Kia logo in the middle. The bumper gets reflectors and there is a skid plate and an aluminium garnish at the bottom of the bumper which gives it a sportier look at the rear.
Kia will be launching Sonet in the Indian market later this year. Sonet when launched is likely to get three engine options. One – a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine, 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. Kia Sonet will also get iMT which is Intelligent manual Transmission which allows driver to shift gear without pressing the clutch pedal.