Motors India has stepped into the hotbed of competition, the compact suv
segment, with the global unveiling of the Kia Sonet. The Kia Sonet will be a made in India for India as well as
the global model. India will be an export base for the Kia Sonet. The Kia Sonet
is being built at the Kia Motors India Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh.
Prices of the Kia Sonet will be announced at the time of launch during festive
Kia Sonet will be available, like the Kia Seltos in both a Tech Line as well as
GT Line, each having its own set of variants. The Sonet will be available in
both petrol and diesel variants with manual and automatic transmission choices.
There is a diesel automatic variant too.
Two petrol engine options:
Smartstream G1.2 petrol engine
Performance oriented 1 litre G1.0
T-GDI petrol engine
D 1.5 litre CRDI diesel engine
6-speed Automatic (iMT)
Sonet gets a 6-speed iMT Technology. The Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT
gearbox will enable a clutch-less shifting with the control of a manual shift
lever, offering the best of both worlds! This path-breaking innovation will not
only enhance the driving experience, but also prove to be instrumental in
improving clutch life since it is handled electronically.
Kia Sonet has a Wild by Design theme and looks contemporary and youthful. There
are several first in segment as well as unique features in the Sonet It is
loaded with 30+ segment-first features across design, performance and
Kia Sonet definitely has a very youthful and vibrant styling about it. It looks
like the younger sibling of the Seltos with its Tiger Nose grille. But the Sonet
gets a distinctive three-dimensional ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh. The
overall design of the vehicle is definitely new and inspiring.
the Seltos, this vehicle will also get the sporty GT Line trim. There you go,
talking of first in segment features and offerings, the Sonet is the first SUV
in the segment to be offered in the GT Line trim. Unlike the non-GT line, the
GT Line trim gets a black high glossy Grille with GT Line logo and red accents
on the front. The rear of the GT line encompasses the Piano Black Diffuser Fin
Skid Plates with red accents.
Kia Sonet carries the Wild by Design theme and this theme is quite evident when
you get to see the vehicle from all angles. In front you have the Crown Jewel
LED headlamps, ‘Heartbeat’ LED DRLs with integrated side turn indicators. The
vehicle gets auto headlamps and projector fog lamps. As you move to the rear
you get to see the ‘Heartbeat’ LED tail lamps. The tail lamps are connected
with a unique reflector garnish, giving the impression that this compact suv is
a lot wider than it actually is.
in front you have the ‘Turbo’ shaped skid plates, while the rear includes a
sporty dual muffler design and diffuser fin rear skid plate. The sun roof, roof
rails, shark fin antenna, 16 inches alloy wheels, the quarter glass on the C
pillar, the use of chrome and other embellishments make the overall design and
styling of the Sonet stand out.
Kia Sonet cabin is sophisticated and purposeful and when it comes to
practicality, it scores big. The dashboard has a two-layer tray to store mobile
devices and other items while driving. Steering wheel-mounted
controls, Air vents in the dashboard featuring a metallic, diamond-knurled
pattern, enhance the vehicle’s practical as well as design elements.
unique features are plenty within the cabin The Sonet gets a 10.25 inch HD
touchscreen with Infotainment and Navigation system. Additionally, the 4.2-inch
instrument cluster panel is of a sporty design and presents useful information
to the driver in vivid colours, which includes navigation turn-by-turn, High
Line Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Multi Drive Modes and Grip
vehicle has features like a Smart Pure
Air Purifier with Virus Protection which I feel makes a lot of sense in today’s
world, BOSE Premium 7-speaker System with Sub-woofer, ventilated seats for
driver and co passenger, LED sound mood lamps, remote engine start for
automatic and manual transmission through UVO & smart key, smartphone
wireless charger with cooling function, etc. The GT Line trim comes with red
stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door armrest. The Sonet also sports
a D-cut steering wheel adding to its sporty appeal. The Sonet also comes loaded
with Kia’s native suite of UVO connected technology with 57 features including
the seamless UVO - Voice Assist.
Sonet features an extensive list of active and passive safety equipment. It
will come equipped with up to six airbags. – offering a class-leading
combination of front, side and curtain protection for occupants. Sonet’s body
structure constitutes more than 2/3 high strength and advance high strength
steel . Features like ABS with EBD,• ESC, HAC, VSM and Brake assist, Front & Rear parking sensors, Highline
tyre pressure monitor and Isofix child anchor add to the vehicle’s safety
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