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.
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?
- 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.
- It also houses massive bumper which houses the fog lamps and a large air-intake area covered with hexagonal mesh and silver-finished garnish.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.