Earlier this month, Kia Motor India, the local subsidiary of the premium South Korean carmaker, unveiled the production-spec Kia Sonet in India. Ours will be the first market to receive the new vehicle, which will finally launch early next month. The Kia Sonet is based on the Hyundai Venue as the two sub-compact offerings share the platform as well as the engines. In terms of equipment, however, the Kia Sonet holds a clear advantage over its donor model.
The biggest highlight of the new model’s interior will be its large-size touchscreen infotainment unit that will measure 10.25-inch diagonally. This makes the unit as big as that on the Kia Seltos. Not only that, but it also makes for the biggest touchscreen infotainment unit on any car in the sub-4-meter SUV segment. The touchscreen infotainment unit of the Kia Sonet offers Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity. It also offers a multi-screen layout along with even serving as an interface for many of the UVO connectivity features.
Other than the large-size touchscreen infotainment unit, the Kia Sonet also offers some other really special features. These include a high-quality Bose surround sound system, ventilated front seats, and cabin mood lighting that changes colours as per the music that is being played. Some other notable bits include a steering wheel and gearknob that come from the Seltos and also features like an air-purifier, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and drive modes and traction mode selection.
The Kia Sonet, like the Seltos, will go on sale in two trim choices – Tech Line and GT Line. The latter is the sportier of the two and offers a handful of features that make the Sonet look a tad bolder than the Tech Line version. This is done through the application of red accents on several parts of the exterior and interior along with offering an all-black cabin. The Tech Line, on the other hand, offers a dual-tone cabin that looks posh but less sporty. Also, the GT Line will be only available in top-spec trims and only in the turbocharged engine variants.
Speaking of the engine options on offer, the Kia Sonet, like the Hyundai Venue, will be sold with two petrol engine options – a 1.2-litre Kappa naturally-aspirated unit that outputs 83PS/115 Nm and a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged unit that offers 120 PS/172 Nm. The former comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the latter will be sold with 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT options. However, unlike the Venue, the Sonet will offer two Diesel engine options. First of these will be an FGT 1.5-litre unit that will come from the Venue. It offers 100 PS/240 Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The second motor is a VGT 1.5-litre unit that comes from the Seltos and offers 115 PS/250 Nm. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit.
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