All is not well for the Korean automobile manufacturer Kia as due to the ongoing nation-wide lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic the launch of the brands third and the till now the most anticipated car the Kia Sonet which is all set to rival the Its cousin the Hyundai Venue could be postponed.
Speaking to a leading media house about the brand’s current situation, Head of Sales and Marketing, Kia India, Manohar Bhat said: “if the lockdown continues in a very critical place for longer than what we expect, maybe May 18 or end of the month, then we’ll be in trouble.” The Ministry of Home Affairs announced on 17 May 2020 that the national lockdown will be further extended and now remain in effect up to 31 May 2020.”
Not only that according to leading media reports Kia is also planning to sell almost 70,000 units of the Sonet sub-4 metre SUV in the first year itself which means that the Korean carmaker is planning to dispatch almost 6,000 units every month and unlike the Kia Seltos the Sonet will be an exclusive Made in India product which will then be exported worldwide.
Kia Sonet | Engine Specification
|Engine||1.2-litre Kappa/1.0-litre Turbo Petrol|
All the engines will come paired to either 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DCT.
Kia Sonet | Interior & Exterior Features
- On the Outside, we will get to see Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille along with a very compact and sporty design. additionally, the front will be complemented by the all-new Led headlamps and fog lamps down at the bottom.
- While on the Inside, the Kia Sonet will boast a massive Seltos sourced 10.25-inch infotainment system along with The car might also get a premium sound system to keep the occupants entertained. We also expect the car to get the connected car tech similar to what Hyundai offers in its Venue.
- On the safety front, the car might borrow it from the venue which might include, ABS, EBD, ESP, and a couple of airbags as standard and the top end trim to get more safety features.
Kia Sonet | Price & Rivals
The compact SUV will rival the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, upcoming MG ZS and Hyundai Venue in the Indian market. It is expected to be priced between ₹7 lakh to ₹11 lakh although the exact prices would be revealed on the later stage.0