Kia Motors made their debut in the Indian market last year and quickly became popular among customers. The Seltos was the first product they had launched and was later followed by luxury MPV Carnival. Carnival was officially launched at the Auto Expo this year and along with this, they had also unveiled, a concept of their upcoming sub-4 meter compact SUV. The Sonet concept showcased at the expo was nearly a production ready version, and the manufacturer is expected to launch this SUV in the market by the end of this year. Here we have a render image that shows what the upcoming Sonet SUV’s production version could look like.
The image has been created by SRK Designs and has been shared by Indian Auto on their website. It is very similar to the concept version that was showcased at the expo earlier. Front gets Kia’s signature Tiger nose grille, The lower part of the bumper retains the silver scoop like insert and a faux skid plate. The rendered version also gets fog lamps on bumper which is most likely to be LED. The design for headlight remains untouched but it looks like the internals have been slightly tweaked.
Artist gave it a shade of red with black roof which give it a proper SUV look. Coming to the side profile, you would notice that the wheels from the Sonet concept has been replaced with a dual tone machine cut alloy wheel. The doors now get regular chrome handle bars and the rear of the car looks almost the same as that of the concept.
Kia Sonet when launched, will compete with cars like Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport in the segment. The Sonet looks set for the ‘best looking SUV’ award in the segment. Just like other Kia cars, Sonet will also have a feature loaded cabin and premium looking interiors.
Kia Sonet is expected to get a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine, 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. These are the engines that we have already seen in Hyundai Venue. Kia Sonet will also get the iMT or Intelligent Manual Transmission that was recently launched with Hyundai Venue. Just like Venue, Only the turbo petrol is likely to get an automatic or IMT transmission.