Many people consider the Kia Sonet to be the best looking compact SUV in the segment. It is has proven to be very successful for Kia and has been doing well in the Indian market. Here, we have a render of the Kia Sonet in which the artist has made a couple of modifications and has given it a wide body. The rendering has been done by Bozz Autoconcepts and the pictures are shared on their Instagram account.
It is important to note that this is only the imagination of the artist. Kia has not announced about Sonet getting any update. The artist has used a unique blue paint for the compact SUV and all the glass area has been tinted. The headlamp design is the same as the regular Sonet but gets additional LED elements.
The front bumper is different and looks more aggressive. It gets a black faux skid plate and the fog lamps are also different. They are very similar to the ice cube-shaped fog lamps that we get on the Seltos. The grille has Kia’s tiger-nose design but is finished in black.
The bonnet is also new and has a slight scoop and bulge in it. This enhances the stance and makes the compact SUV looks very aggressive. At the side profile, there is plastic cladding that makes the Sonet look wider. The roof rails, A & B pillar and outside rearview mirrors are finished in black colour. It is also running on different alloy wheels and wider but slimmer tyres.
There is also a top box placed on the roof rack for additional storage. At the rear, there is the traditional badging and a light bar which we saw at the Sonet Concept at the Auto Expo 2020. There is also a different rear bumper that looks sportier and has faux twin exhausts.
Price and competitors
Kia Sonet starts at Rs. 6.79 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 13.35 lakhs ex-showroom. It is sold in six variants, namely HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, and GTX+. It has to compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 300, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger. Because of its high price, it also goes against some lower variants of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Skoda Kushaq.
Engine and gearbox
Sonet is offered with three engines. You can get a turbo petrol engine, naturally aspirated petrol engine or a diesel engine. The 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine produces 83 PS of max power and 115 Nm of peak torque. It is offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed intelligent Manual Transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine puts out 100 PS of max power and 240 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. If you opt for the automatic gearbox then the power output is increased to 115 PS and torque is increased to 250 Nm.