Kia Sonet to be launched in India on September 18
Kia Motors will launch the recently-unveiled Sonet sub-compact SUV in India on September 18. It will be available in Tech Line and GT Line trims, and offer features like Bose audio system, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment console, and an air purifier. The crossover will be offered with four engine options and is currently up for booking. Here's our roundup.
Kia Sonet: At a glance
Kia Sonet will offer a sporty design, featuring a 'Tiger Nose' grille, a muscular bonnet with sculpted lines, a silver-covered faux skid plate, and an all-LED lighting setup. On the sides, the SUV will be flanked by roof rails, blacked-out B-pillars, OVRMs, and 16-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels. As for the dimensions, it will have a ground clearance of 211mm, and a wheelbase of 2,500mm.
A peek inside the cabin
The Kia Sonet will have a five-seater cabin with ventilated front seats, an electric sunroof, a wireless smartphone charger, an air purifier, and a Bose sound system. It will also sport a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment panel with support for the company's UVO connected car technology. For safety, the car will offer multiple airbags and a parking camera.
Power and performance
Kia Sonet will be available in four BS6-compliant engine options- 1.0-liter turbo-petrol, 1.2-liter petrol, 1.5-liter WGT diesel, and a 1.5-liter VGT diesel. The 1.2-liter petrol motor makes 82hp/115Nm, whereas the turbo-petrol mill generates 118hp/172Nm. The diesel engine makes 99hp/240Nm (WGT) and 113hp/250Nm (VGT), based on the tuning. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual/automatic, 6-speed iMT, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
What about the pricing?
The Kia Sonet will be launched in India on September 18 and should be priced at around Rs. 7 lakh. Once unveiled, it will go against rivals like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, and the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser.