Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue CNG Models Coming Soon

Kia Sonet CNG has been spied and could be close to launch, which means even the Hyundai Venue could get a CNG variant pretty soon

Kia Sonet is a popular sub-4m SUV in the Indian market. Now, it is all set to come with a CNG model. The factory-fitted CNG car is expected to arrive later this year. Now, new spy shots have revealed the look of the upcoming car. Several spec details have also surfaced online. Additionally, the Hyundai is working on a Venue facelift along with a CNG Venue. Let’s take a close look at the upcoming cars and what to expect.

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kia sonet cng spy pic
A completely uncamouflaged unit of the Kia Sonet was spied recently.

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The Kia Sonet will be one of the first cars in its segment to come with a factory-fitted CNG kit. So far only entry-level models (Alto, WagonR, Santro, etc) were offered with the CNG option. In the newly surfaced images, the Kia Sonet CNG can be seen with a CNG sticker and a CNG intake valve (next to the petrol filling cap). The GT and T-GDi badges hint that the upcoming car will be powered by the 1.0 liter 3 cylinder turbo petrol engine that offers 118 bhp power and 172 Nm torque via a DCT gearbox. The Kia Sonet CNG is expected to cost Rs 70-90k more than the corresponding petrol variants.

The Kia Sonet has been competing with the Hyundai Venue for a while. It shares the underpinnings and engines, and transmissions with Venue. We can totally expect a Hyundai Venue CNG model as well. Several reports claim that Kia’s sister company is working on a Venue facelift. It might be launched alongside the CNG Venue. Overall, this new trend is bound to catch on as the fuel prices keep going high. Many sub 4m/ sub-compact SUVs are expected to come in CNG versions. This is good news for customers as they will get better choices with better fuel options.

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Currently, the Kia Sonet comes in six trims – HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, and GTX+. It is powered by a 1-litre turbo-petrol (120PS/ 172Nm) with a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT. The 1.2-litre petrol (83PS, 115Nm) comes with a 5-speed MT (1.2-litre petrol). Whereas the 1.5-litre diesel is paired with a standard 6-speed MT and an optional6-speed AT. The sub-compact SUV is priced from Rs 7.15 lakh to Rs 13.79 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India). It comes with features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, wireless charging, air purifier, UVO connected car tech, up to six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, vehicle stability management, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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On the other hand, the Hyundai Venue is priced at Rs 6.99 lakh – Rs 11.87 lakh (ex-showroom). It comes in 8 trims – E, S, S+, S(O), SX, SX(O) Executive, SX+, and SX(O). The 5-seater car shares engines with the Kia Sonet. It features auto climate control with rear AC vents, connected car tech, wireless mobile charging, cruise control, push-button start/stop, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof, up to six airbags, electronic stability control, and vehicle stability management.

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