Pre-launch (unofficial) bookings open, the inaugural compact SUV from the Korean carmaker is said to come with three engine choices.
The highly-awaited Hyundai Venue-rival, Kia Sonet will mark its world debut on the 7th August. It will be followed by India-launch in September 2020. As per the sources, the Sonet can be pre-booked unofficially at Kia Motors dealerships in the country with a token amount of Rs 25,000. However, official bookings are expected to open soon after it breaks cover next month. Expected to flaunt opening price of Rs 7-8 lakh (ex-showroom), it will go up to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom).
The 5-seater compact SUV is expected to be made available with two diesel (1.0L turbo and 1.5L) and one petrol (1.2L) choice. Unveiled in concept form at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Sonet will face stiff competition with Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 300, and others apart from the segment hottie Venue. The high on technology SUV will be the only second car to offer iMT technology in India.
The ‘Wild by Design’ SUV – Kia Sonet – features unique fascia with the prominent Tiger-nose grille and swept-back LED DRLs headlights. Its chiselled muscular bumper, stylish bonnet-line, flared wheel fenders, sporty cladding at sides and sloping roofline makes it stand-out in the highly competitive segment.
Expected to make a mark with many segment-first elements, the sub-four metre SUV will feature 10-inch touch display with the latest gen UVO connectivity that has more than 50 connected car features. Moreover, other class-leading essentials include voice assistant (activated by saying “Hello Kia”) powered driver seat, electric sunroof, auto air-conditioner, ambient lighting, and many more.
Likely to sit on the underpinnings of half-sibling Hyundai Venue it will be seen sharing several mechanical aspects, especially the engine and gearbox options.
The three engine choices come as 1.2L petrol unit expected to give out 82 bhp and 115 Nm (5-speed MT), and 1.5L diesel to churn 99 bhp and 240 Nm (6-speed MT). While the tempting of the lot, the 1.0L turbo-petrol will deliver a big 119 bhp and 172 Nm (6-speed MT iMT transmission or dual-clutch AT).