Kia Sonet Teased Once Again

Kia Sonet Teased Once Again

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Kia Sonet Teased Once Again

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It has been over a year since the Kia Seltos has been ruling the compact SUV market and helping the South Korean carmaker establish itself well in India. In fact, buoyed by the success of its maiden offering, the company launched the Carnival, its second product, at this year’s Auto Expo and even showcased the concept version of the Sonet, its upcoming sub-compact SUV. The production version of the Sonet will become the smallest SUV in its company’s arsenal and here, in India, it will go on to rival a host of successful models, including the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon. It will also rival the upcoming Nissan Magnite. Ahead of the official debut, Kia Motors India has teased the upcoming model through a design sketch.

The Kia Sonet will play an important role in helping the manufacturer garner more sales in the country. It must be noted here that the Seltos is a sufficiently premium product that is, well, out of reach of many car buyers. On the other hand, the Carnival is a luxury MPV that’s priced much higher than even the Seltos. This is exactly where the Sonet, which will be sold in the affordable end of the market, will come into play. That said, the Sonet is likely to be the most expensive offering in the sub-compact SUV category, with prices ranging from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom). However, there are good chances that the new model will justify the relatively higher price tag.

The Kia Sonet will share a lot with the Hyundai Venue. To begin with, both the sub-compact offerings will ride on the same platform, which, in turn, is an updated version of the platform used for the last generation Grand i10. Also, both models will be sold with the same engine options. Hence, the smallest motor for the Sonet will be the 1.2-litre Kappa-series naturally aspirated petrol engine that offers a maximum power of 85PS and a peak torque of 114 Nm. The Sonet will be also sold with a 1.0-litre Kappa Turbo-GDI petrol engine that will output a maximum power of 120PS and a peak torque of 172Nm.

Yet another engine option that will be on offer will be the 1.5-litre CRDi diesel unit that offers a maximum power of 100 PS and a peak torque of 240Nm. A highlight of the turbo-petrol version will be its 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) that will allow clutchless manual gearshifts.

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