The excitement in the sub-compact SUV segment is bound to get even higher with the introduction of a facelift for the Kia Sonet. The mid-cycle refresh for the Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon-rival has once again been seen undergoing road tests on its home turf. Although the test mule is cleverly camouflaged, let’s dive into the details that we know so far.
Kia Sonet Facelift to Carry New Soft Parts
The upcoming Kia Sonet facelift should offer a much fresher visual appeal courtesy of a comprehensive makeover. While the new styling package has been hidden under the camouflage so far, expect the updates to reflect Kia’s latest design theme. The front-end will likely retain the upright hood. However, the grille, the headlamps and the bumper will receive a thorough makeover. Of course, the side profile will receive a new set of alloys. The flared wheel arches and the chunky roof rails shall continue. The rear-end will retain the light bar running between the taillamps. However, expect the lighting setup to look a tad different with some design alterations.
A More Tech-Laden Interior
In line with Kia’s commitment to offering feature-loaded cars, the Sonet facelift could be a recipient of various segment-best features. While specific details are still under wraps, it is safe to assume that Kia will strive to further enhance the user experience. In line with the new Seltos, the refresh for the Sonet could bring in more standard safety features. Also, the car could get a new infotainment unit along with more connected car features.
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Specs to Stay Untouched
Despite the visual upgrades, Kia is not tinkering with the powertrain options. The facelift will retain the same engines as its predecessor. That said, there could be minor improvements in the fuel efficiency. The current crop of motors include – 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol mill. These make 82 hp / 115 Nm, 115 hp / 240 Nm and 120 hp / 172 Nm, respectively. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, a 6-speed iMT, and a DCT gearbox depending on the variant. Keeping with the latest trend, the carmaker could even offer a reinforced monocoque to enhance the crash worthiness. Prices of the current Sonet range from Rs 7.79 lakh to Rs 14.89 lakh, ex-showroom, but expect the new version to cost a bit more.
What We Think
As the spy shots continue to pique our curiosity, the 2024 Kia Sonet facelift looks promising enough to take the fresher rivals head on. With major design updates, tried-and-tested powertrains, and new features, the sub-compact SUV could have most traits of the Seltos in a smaller package. We are eagerly awaiting the official unveiling next year to see if Kia pushes the boundaries with the mid-lifecycle facelift. Stay tuned for more updates!
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