Misplaced depend of what number of crossovers and SUVs Kia is providing all over the world?
Effectively, the Korean automaker isn’t making your life simpler because it has simply unveiled a brand new one, the Sonet subcompact SUV. Launching in India later this 12 months within the sub-4-meter phase, the Kia Sonet will finally grow to be out there within the model’s world markets. Nevertheless, the automaker hasn’t but named the international locations the place the Sonet will probably be offered.
For now, let’s give attention to the Indian mannequin and see what it brings new to the desk. The styling received’t shock many as a result of it follows carefully the strains of the Sonet Concept unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020 in February.
Clearly, there are some modifications such because the adoption of standard door handles and aspect mirrors, in addition to the ditching of overly flashy particulars. On the entrance, highlights embody a contemporary interpretation of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, jewel-like LED headlamp, and ‘coronary heart beat’ LED DRLs formed like the electrical pulse of a coronary heart.
The Sonet’s youthful look can also be outlined by the distinctive C-pillar design and construction, wraparound rear windscreen, ‘coronary heart beat’ LED taillights, and 16-inch crystal-cut alloys. Regardless of the small footprint, it seems like a correct SUV due to a excessive floor clearance, plastic cladding across the decrease a part of the complete physique, entrance skid plate and roof rails.
Inside, the Kia Sonet seems trendy due to the 10.25-inch central touchscreen and 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster which might be styled to appear like they kind a single unit. The dashboard is designed across the driver, which additionally advantages from a sporty multifunction steering wheel and a compact heart console that includes solely important buttons. Kia says the Sonet options “top quality supplies throughout” in addition to “ample, ergonomic area for all passengers”.
The automaker additionally mentions many segment-first options such because the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen with navigation, dwell visitors and Over-the-air (OTA) map updates, Sensible Pure Air Air purifier with virus safety, BOSE Premium seven-speaker audio with sub-woofer, ventilated driver and front-passenger seats and LED Sound Temper Lighting. The Sonet may also be out there with distant engine begin through UVO Join and Sensible Key, multi-drive & traction modes and grip management for computerized fashions, and wi-fi smartphone charger with cooling perform.
The engine lineup in India will embody two petrol items and a diesel. Kicking off the vary is a Smartstream 1.2-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder, with a 1.0-liter T-GDi turbocharged three-cylinder unit positioned above it. A 1.5-liter CRDi turbo diesel would be the best choice in India. 5- and six-speed handbook transmissions will probably be out there, alongside a seven-speed DCT and the new six-speed Smartstream intelligent manual transmission (iMT).
Based on Kia, the Sonet’s dynamics and suspension setup have been tuned to supply “excessive driving pleasure for fans”. The small SUV will probably be supplied in a twin trim idea together with the sporty GT-Line (pictured within the gallery) and the usual mannequin. The most recent made-in-India world product after the larger Seltos, the Sonet will probably be made at Kia’s plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India.