Reports suggest that Kia is going to launch the Sonet in August this year. The upcoming sub-compact SUV was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020.
Kia Motors India is bringing in the Sonet sub-compact SUV this year. Kia showcased it at the Auto Expo 2020 in a concept form. Now, IAB has revealed that Kia will launch it in India by August, and we will be the first country to get it globally.
Based on the platform of Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet gets a completely different styling. It follows a modern SUV styling but with a tall stance. It gets Kia’s signature Tiger Nose Grille as well. Lastly, there’s plastic body cladding all around the SUV.
Kia Sonet will get more features than Venue, for sure. Some officially revealed highlights include 10.5inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, UVO connected-car tech, Bose Sound System, climate control, wireless phone charger, engine start-stop, cruise control, as well as an electric sunroof.
Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue will share their engines. The former will hence get a 1.2 Litre petrol engine and a 1.0 Litre turbo petrol engine. Venue is losing out on its existing 1.4 Litre diesel engine and will instead get a 1.5 Litre diesel engine from Seltos. The same will go for Sonet.
Sonet Turbo Petrol will produce the same 115 PS and 172 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT, a 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT. The latter, as expected, will only come on the turbo-petrol variants.
With the launch of Kia Sonet, the brand will enter the highly competitive compact SUV segment. In that class, we have the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and Mahindra XUV300.
Kia is expected to price it aggressively, in the Rs 6.5 Lakhs to Rs 11 Lakhs range. Kia will showcase the production-ready model near to its launch. Meanwhile, it is also gearing up for an MPV to rival Ertiga and Marazzo.