After the immense success of the Seltos compact SUV and the Carnival MPV, South-Korean carmaker Kia has finally introduced its third model for the domestic market, the Kia Sonet sub-4 meter SUV today.

Kia Sonet
Kia Sonet

The Kia Sonet made its debut at the Auto Expo 2020 and was expected to launch soon after that but due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic, Kia had to postpone the reveal.

Kia is expected to launch the Sonet sometime next-month and with its launch, the new member of the Sub-4 meter segment will rival the likes of the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, stablemate Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300.

What powers the Kia Sonet?

Kia Sonet Side Profile
  • It is expected that the Sonet sub-4 meter SUV will come powered by the Hyundai Venue sourced 1.2 petrol, 1.0 direct-injection turbo-petrol and the 1.5 turbo-diesel mills.
  • Kia could offer the Sonet with 5 transmission options- 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, iMT (Clutchless manual transmission), 4-speed torque converter and a DCT.

Features on the outside

  • Starting from the front, the Sonet features the brands signature Tiger Nose grille with chrome finished lower edge, multi-segmented 3D inserts, slim LED headlamps and it’s signature ‘heartbeat’ DRLs.
Kia's signature heartbeat DRLs
Kia’s signature heartbeat DRLs
  • It also houses massive bumper which houses the fog lamps and a large air-intake area covered with hexagonal mesh and silver-finished garnish.
Kia Sonet | Side Profile
Kia Sonet | Side Profile
  • Coming to the sides, we get to see some curvaceous doors while the C-pillars has retained its blacked-out treatment applied to the top and lower edge from its concept model.
Rear Profile
  • The rear end also features the signature ‘heartbeat’ tail lamp setup which is connected by a reflector strip adding additional points to its radical styling.
  • The rear bumper also gets silver-finish faux skid plate alongside the faux twin exhaust trims.

Features on the inside

  • On the Inside, we get to see a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system sourced from its much bigger and better sibling the Kia Seltos.
  • The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay accompanied by some usual features such as voice recognition, in-built navigation to name a few.
Sonet's Interior
Kia Sonet Interior
  • It also features Kia’s UVO connect technology which supports over 50 connected car features.
  • With the Sonet, you also get some premium features such as 7-speaker Bose sound system, auto climate control, perfumed air purifier, premium leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, sound mood lights a.k.a ambient lighting and a multi-functional flat-bottom steering wheel.
  • Other additional features include digital speed readout, multi-info screen, a sunroof, rear ac vents, front and rear armrest, 3 drive and 3 traction modes (Sourced again from the Kia Seltos), a big 350-litre boot and ventilated seats for the front passengers.

What’s in it for safety?

  • The safety package on the Sonet includes auto headlamps, a tyre-pressure monitor, front and rear parking sensors, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, hill assist control (HAC), vehicle stability management (VSM) and brake assist.

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