Kia Sonet Compact SUV Launched


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Kia Motors is actively testing their new Sonet small SUV in India. Spied on test appeared to be in a near production ready format, Sonet made its debut as a concept at the 2020 Auto Expo earlier this month. The Kia Sonet will take on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon in this highly competitive compact sub 4 meter SUV segment.

New Kia Sonet is based on the Hyundai Venue platform and will be positioned below the Seltos in the Kia India lineup. It will see features such as LED head lights and tail lamps, tiger nose front grille, 17” alloy wheels and number plate housing on rear bumper. Below is the first official TVC video of Kia Sonet SUV.


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Kia Sonet spy image reveals plush interior

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Expected to launch sometime this year (assuming an early end to the Coronavirus crisis), the Sonet looks bigger, chunkier and more SUV like. And what we can tell you is that, unlike the Venue, which looks a bit plain on the inside, the Sonet is attractive and plush looking. Spy pictures show a cabin that is specced up to the gills. This GT line interior, to begin with, is finished in black and beige, the latter seen at the bottom of the door pads. The Transys made leather seats have double-stitched piping in red and what you can tell by looking at the centre console is that they are ventilated. On top of the centre console sits what looks like Kia's massive 10.25-inch touchscreen and infotainment system. Expect the same slick screen quality and features as on the Seltos, including connected-car tech. And right next to it is a hooded instrument panel that looks similar too.

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Kia Sonet To Be Launched In Time For The Festive Season


The Coronavirus Crisis has definitely put off many plans that automakers in India had and many new launches have been pushed ahead to a later date. That said, there are some carmakers who still are trying to meet the deadline and keep up with their commitment. Kia Motors India has too confirmed that it will not delay the launch of its upcoming subcompact SUV in India and will stick to the festive season timeline. The South Korean carmaker had unveiled the Sonet subcompact SUV in February this year at the Auto Expo 2020 and now has confirmed that the car will go on sale in India in Q2 FY2021.


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Kia Sonet World Debut In India: Date Confirmed


The highly anticipated next model from Kia is ready to be unleashed. After showing us the design study at the Auto Expo, the Kia Sonet will have its world debut in India on August 7 2020. The production model will be showcased to a global audience for the first time - in India, albeit via a live virtual event. The Kia Sonet is a subcompact SUV that will then come to market approximately a month after the world premiere event. This reminds of the Kia Seltos debut in mid 2019 that also followed a similar drill - India first, and then the world. In fact the Seltos went on sale in the US more than six months after the India market launch.

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The Kia Sonet is a subcompact - meaning it sits below the Seltos in the Kia portfolio. Globally too, the car will be the entry model for Kia's SUV range. It is expected to sell in other markets, just like its cousin the Venue - which too has been selling in markets like the USA, Australia etc. besides India. The Sonet's arrival has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The world premiere was meant to have happened as early as May 2020, but luckily this delay has not impacted the car's market arrival. India gets the Sonet first and it will enter a highly competitive segment. It needs to take on not just the Hyundai Venue, but also the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV 300.

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Production-Ready Kia Sonet Images Leaked Ahead Of Launch


The much-awaited Kia Sonet subcompact SUV is all set to be unveiled in India on August 7, and ahead of its global debut, images of a production-spec model have surfaced online. The new images only give us a glimpse of the rear section and the profile of the upcoming Kia Sonet, and judging by what we see, the styling is certainly not as aggressive as the concept car we saw at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Kia Sonet is expected to be launched around the festive season, and it will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300.


This Kia Sonet test mule is seen with steel wheels and wheel covers, which means this is a lower or mid-spec variants of the SUV​

t the rear, the upcoming Kia Sonet comes with wraparound LED taillights with LED guidelights and a red strip connecting the two light units. The curved design of the rear windshield has been retained, and we also see a rear spoiler. The tailgate comes with sharper lines and the bumper features a large silver faux skid plate and reflectors. The sloping design of the C-pillar has also been retained along with the small quarter glass, however, the fact that the SUV is running on steel wheels with wheel covers, indicates this particular unit is one of the lower or mid-spec variants of the new Sonet. One of the spy images also gives us a sneak-peek at the rear section of the cabin, which will get fabric upholstery, and rear AC vents.


The Kia Sonet will also get fabric upholstery, and rear AC vents​


The Kia Sonet will share its engine options with the Hyundai Venue, and it will also get the new iMT gearbox​

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Kia Sonet Teased Again Ahead Of World Debut In India – Video

Kia Motors India has released a new teaser video of the Sonet again ahead of its global premiere. Endorsed as “Get ready for a new level of wild”, the compact SUV has domestic as well as international significance for the South Korean auto major. It will be unveiled on August 7 and is expected to make a huge impact in the sub-four-metre SUV segment.


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Kia Sonet Subcompact SUV's Official Rendering Revealed Ahead Of Global Debut


Kia Sonet subcompact SUV is all set to make its global debut on August 7, 2020. And, we have already seen production-ready images of the Sonet giving us first glimpse of the rear section and profile. To keep things rolling, the South Korean carmaker has revealed the first official rendering of the new production-ready Kia Sonet compact SUV. The first render image of the Sonet highlights the bold design of the subcompact SUV. It underlines SUV's signature-style traits such as the tiger-nose grille and a three-dimensional 'step-well' geometric grille mesh, offering a strong road presence.


The upcoming Sonet will be Kia's second 'made in India' car after the Seltos SUV, and it will find its position below the compact SUV. However, it will be Kia third offering for the domestic market followed by Seltos and Carnival MPV. The Sonet concept was officially unveiled in India during the 2020 Auto Expo. The all-new subcompact SUV will be making its global premiere next month, followed by its market debut in the country during the festive season.


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Kia Sonet India launch in September 2020

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  • Kia Sonet expected to have Tech and GT Line packages
  • Made-in-India Sonet to be exported globally
  • Will come with multiple engine and gearbox options
Kia Motors India will unveil the Sonet compact SUV for the first time on August 7, 2020, but we can now confirm that bookings will commence in mid-August and the price and official market launch will happen in September 2020.

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Features of upcoming Kia Sonet revealed through new teaser images

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Before the official unveiling of the all-new Kia Sonet in India on 7th August 2020, the official sketches of the cabin have been released. The all-new Sonet will take on the established cars like the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and more. Since the sub-4m car will arrive in the market a bit late than others, Kia will offer a slew of features that will attract the customers. Many of these features will be first-in-segment. Kia is yet to officially disclose the features that will be available with the all-new Sonet but they have released the first-ever sketches of the cabin and there are a few features that we can make out by looking at them.

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The Sonet will offer a clean looking dashboard finished in a single-tone colour. It is also possible that different trim levels will get different colour options. This is the top-end version and it reveals that the all-new Sonet will get a massive 10.25-inch infotainment screen, which will floating type and will be positioned as an extension of the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster seems to be all-digital or analogue-digital. The speedometer is large and will show speed in bold numbers.

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Kia Sonet compact SUV unveiled: Launching soon

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The premium MPV went on sale at the 2020 Auto Expo in February and the motoring show saw the debut of the near-production Sonet concept. It grabbed attention for all the right reasons as it would become the most affordable offering from Kia yet and after weeks of teasers and spy images, the Sonet has made its global premiere digitally ahead of its entry into the showrooms in India.

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The Sonet will be positioned in the compact SUV segment where it will compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Honda WR-V. Expect the price range to hover around Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom) upon arrival. The Sonet takes design inspiration from the latest crop of Kia SUVs retailed globally.

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Other key styling details are Y-shaped 16-inch machined alloy wheels, dual-tone roofline with blackened pillars, ORVMs and chromed window line, chrome door handles, sculpted tailgate, sporty horizontal LED tail lamps with heartbeat-like graphics and LED lighting bar, as well as dual exhaust pipes. The range-topping model gets contrast red accents on the sides, rear and up front, red brake callipers, etc.

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Some of the significant features in the Sonet are a horizontally-oriented 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, ventilated front seats, traction control in the GT Line trim, different driving modes in GT Line, air purifier, Kia’s UVO connect suite of connected features, tyre pressure monitoring system, wireless charging system, sunroof, cruise control, engine start/stop, automatic climate control and six airbags.

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Pre-Bookings for Kia Sonet will commence from tomorrow for Rs.25,000 through dealerships or Kia India’s website.​

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Mr. Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kia Motors India said, “The Sonet is Kia’s answer to customers in the compact SUV segment who want style and substance, quality and features, performance and technology, comfort and safety in one compelling package. The Sonet has been engineered and built with Indian inputs and is a global model for Kia from India. India is the first country in the world where the Sonet goes on sale, and with the commencement of pre-bookings, we are confident our smart urban compact SUV will be warmly received in the country.”

Manufactured at Kia’s state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the much-awaited Sonet marks a defining chapter for Kia Motors India and in the growing compact SUV segment. The production version of Sonet was shown globally for the first time at its World Premiere on August 7, 2020, impressing audiences with its bold and dynamic design, high-quality interiors, 30+ segment-best features, a wide choice of powertrains. Sonet is offered with Kia’s signature UVO Connect suite of technologies, with a range of 57 features for owners offering convenience, remote control, navigation, safety, security and vehicle management. This also includes Kia’s UVO Voice Assist feature, which responds to the greeting, “Hello, Kia.”

While the prices of the multiple Sonet variants will be announced shortly, customers can in the meanwhile book the compact SUV of their dreams via multiple options that Kia Motors India offers. Importantly, to offer a safe and hassle-free experience, Kia Motors India ensures a completely paperless, contactless digital platform for the new car buying process end-to-end. Kia pioneered this feature right at the inception of its retail business in August 2019.

The all-new Sonet incorporates Kia’s DNA of emotive styling along with a premium and youthful appeal to create a strong road presence. On the 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 its compact exterior dimensions, the interior of the Sonet offers ample, ergonomic space for all occupants.

The Kia Sonet, upon launch, will be offered in a dual trim concept of Tech Line and GT-Line with multiple powertrain options to suit virtually all requirements in this segment. A choice of two gasoline engines – a versatile Smartstream 1.2-litre four-cylinder and powerful 1.0 T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) – and an efficient 1.5-litre 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 intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). The latter is a technological breakthrough offering fatigue-free driving with its clutch pedal-less gearbox yet giving the same driver control as a conventional manual transmission. Also, for the first time in this segment, the diesel engine variant of the Sonet comes with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to this, the Kia Sonet comes loaded with multiple segment-first features offering complete comfort, convenience, safety and optimum driving pleasure to customers. This includes:
  • Largest and best-in-class 10.25-inch (26.03 cm) HD touchscreen with navigation and live traffic
  • Smart Pure Air Purifier with virus protection
  • BOSE Premium seven-speaker audio with sub-woofer
  • Ventilated driver and front-passenger seats
  • LED Sound Mood Lighting
  • Remote engine start for automatic and manual transmission via UVO Connect and Smart Key
  • Over-the-air (OTA) map updates
  • Multi-drive & traction modes and grip control for automatic models
  • Wireless smartphone charger with cooling function
It also comes comprehensively equipped with an array of safety features, including six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and BA (brake assist) and more.
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Kia Sonet Gets 6523 Bookings In One Day

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It was on August 20, that Kia Motors kick started bookings for its newest model – the subcompact SUV- Sonet in India and the company has today announced that in just one day it has recorded 6523 bookings for the car. The company had opened bookings online as also across its dealership network for an amount of ₹ 25,000. The company will be manufacturing the Sonet at its production facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh and it will be made for global markets as well.

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