Kia Sonet concept was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and the production version of the car will be unveiled globally in India on 7th August. While the concept model seems to be very close to the production version, Kia has revealed the front-end of the car through a teaser image.
The all-new Sonet gets the signature Kia styling with Tiger Nose grille at the front. The Sonet also gets chunky looking front bumpers that make the car look very aggressive. This will be the third product from the brand and it will be the most affordable Kia in the Indian market. The Sonet will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and the likes.
Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center at Kia Motors Corporation said,
“With the new Kia Sonet, we had the ambition to give this compact SUV a strong and muscular character found only in much larger vehicles. With this in mind, we have designed what we believe is a great SUV with a uniquely sporty attitude, a confident stance and a dynamic silhouette. We also gave the new Kia Sonet uncompromising attention to detail and a selection of colors and materials that could have only be inspired by the great cultural heritage that our designers found all over India. As a whole, we believe the new Kia Sonet will be a fantastic SUV with a very compelling and attaching character to our young and young at heart, always-connected customers in India and beyond…”
A few days ago, Kia also released an official video teaser of the Sonet that revealed the rear of the car. The teaser video revealed the wraparound LED tail lamps with a thin reflective strip connecting both of them. Sonet’s production design will be very similar to the concept version. On the side, the highly raked C-Pillar of the Sonet will add a sporty stance to the car.
Since Kia will enter the segment pretty late, expect a few segment-first features to attract the customers. The Sonet is likely to get the massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Kia’s UVO in-car connectivity tech. Bose surround sound system and a sunroof. The all-new Sonet will be launched in the market by the festive season, which means September. There will be three engine options available with the car including 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. Apart from a 7-speed DCT automatic, Kia will also offer the clutchless Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT), which was launched with the Hyundai Venue recently.