The Kia Sonet will launch on September 18 and the highly awaited sub-4-metre SUV looks all set to become the third all-new model from Kia Motors India ever since it started its local innings little over a year ago in August 2019. The Kia Sonet has already started reaching the dealerships, and has, in fact, even garnered the highest number of bookings ever on the first day of the opening of the order book. It’s being reported that the Kia Sonet would cost Rs 8-13 lakh, which will pretty much make it an expensive proposition.
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However, there has been a surprising development. A dealership-level source has confirmed that the maximum demand is the for the top-spec GTX+ trim. It must be noted here that the new model, akin to its elder sibling, Kia Sonet, will be sold in six trim levels – HTE, HTK, HTK Plus, HTX, HTX Plus and GTX Plus. Of these, the first five belong to the Tech Line, while the last variant is the only model to be made available in the GT Line. Compared to the Tech Line trims, the GTX Plus model features an all-black theme, several red-coloured accents and some additional features.
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It must be noted here that the Kia Sonet will be made available in three engine variants- 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre turbo-diesel. Out of these, the 1.2-litre petrol mill won’t be on offer in the GTX Plus trim. On the other hand, the sporty trim will be on offer on both the transmission variants of the turbocharged engines. While the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor will be sold with a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT choices, the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine will be made available with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque-converter automatic option.
The Kia Sonet is based on the Hyundai Venue and gets the same platform and engine options. However, the diesel automatic powertrain for the Sonet comes from the Kia Seltos. What this means is that the upcoming sub-compact SUV has a clear advantage over its donor model as it not only offers the diesel-auto combo but even more power than the diesel manual variant. Compared to the 100PS-240Nm of the 1.5-litre diesel engine of the manual version, the automatic variant offers a 115PS-250Nm mill. The difference in power output is owing to the turbocharging systems featured by these motors. The less powerful of the two engines gets a Fixed Geometry Turbo, while the more powerful version gets a Variable Geometry Turbo.
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