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Kia Unveils The Sonet, To Take On The Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza And Tata Nexon

The Sonet concept was initially showcased at the Auto Expo in February 2020. The company also announces that the sales of the new car will commence soon in India.

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Kia Sonet

Kia Motors has finally revealed its Sub Compact SUV, Kia Sonet. With this, Sonet marks Kia Motors’ entry into a highly competitive B segment. The Sonet concept was initially showcased at the Auto Expo in February 2020. The company also announces that the sales of the new car will commence soon in India.

The Sonet will be offered with multiple powertrain options. A choice of two gasoline engines – a versatile Smartstream 1.2-liter four-cylinder and powerful 1.0 T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) – and an efficient 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine are available with a choice of five transmissions. This includes five- and six-speed manuals, an intuitive seven-speed DCT six-speed automatic, and Kia’s revolutionary new six-speed Smartstream intelligent manual transmission (iMT). The latter is a technological breakthrough from Kia, offering fatigue-free driving thanks to the absence of a clutch pedal, yet the same driver control as a conventional manual transmission. For the first time in this segment, the Sonet also offers its 1.5-liter diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.


The all-new Sonet includes a fresh interpretation of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, flanked by ‘heart beat’ LED DRLs (daytime running lights), shaped like the electric pulse of a heart, with a stylish front skid plate beneath. Its sporty silhouette is enhanced by the unique design and structure of its C-pillar, matched with a wraparound rear-windscreen. The ‘heart beat’ LED tail lamps also adorn the rear.Inside, the Sonet is designed around the driver, with a well laid-out, easy-to-use connected infotainment and cluster interface, and high quality materials all around. Despite compact exterior dimensions, the interior of the Sonet offers ample, ergonomic space for all passengers.


The Sonet will be offered in a dual trim concept. This includes the sporty GT-Line trim which enhances the Sonet’s racy appeal for enthusiasts via its multiple design and functional elements, both inside and out. GT-Line models offer an extra dash of sportiness to the Sonet and highlight its dynamic presence on the road.
Once launched, the Kia Sonet will compete with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Breeza, and the upcoming Nissan Magnite.