The new compact SUV from Kia Motors will be produced from Anantpur plant in Andhra Pradesh and will be exported to different countries from India.
Kia Sonet, new compact SUV from South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors has its world premiere in India through youtube today. The
second ‘made in India’ car from Kia, following the introduction of Kia Seltos has three engine options- 1.2 petrol, 1.0 direct-injection turbo-petrol and the 1.5 turbo-diesel Unit borrowed from Seltos. The engines are mated to 5 speed Manual, 6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Automatic, 7 speed DCT and 6 speed IMT. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 8 lakh- 12 Lakh.
The diesel model is offered with a six-speed manual and is available with an automatic as well. A 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol paired with a 7-speed DCT is also be offered for the GT-Line model. The India made Kia Sonet will be exported to different parts of the world from Kia Motors’ Anantpur plant in Andhra Pradesh.
The Sonet features Kia’s design DNA in stylish and bold demeanor offering a solid on-road presence and a premium youthful appeal. The design characteristic of the vehicle is complimented by many first in segments such as 10.25-inch AVNT, Diesel Automatic variant., Smart Key remote engine start (both in AT and MT transmission), Front Row driver and
passenger Ventilated Seats with an India first Smart Pure Air Purifier with Virus Protection and many more.
This disruptive and bold, ground-up new design is a Kia hallmark and the Sonet nails with a combination of Kia’s signature design traits such as the iconic Tiger Nose grille having a distinctive grille mesh featuring three-dimensional geometry inspired by India’s step wells. To top it off, the Sonet also comes loaded with Kia’s native suite of UVO connected technology with 57 features including the seamless UVO – Voice Assist.
With its distinctive Crown Jewel LED headlamps giving it a powerful appearance and the ‘Heartbeat’ LED DRLs with integrated side turn indicators and ‘Heartbeat’ LED tail lamps, makes the Sonet hard to go unnoticed. The wild nature of the Sonet comes alive with the
‘Turbo’ shaped front skid plates, while the rear includes a sporty dual muffler design and diffuser fin rear skid plate. At the rear, the tail lamps are connected with a unique reflector garnish, imparting a wider look. The Sonet packs so much in it that it has to be Wild – Wild by Design.
Sensibly designed keeping the comfort of the driver and passengers in mind, the Sonet’s interiors have been crafted to give a refreshing, unique and enjoyable ambience in the compact- SUV segment. Ventilated driver and front passenger seats are one of their kind offered in this segment. Taking the centre stage on the dash is the largest-in-segment 10.25-inch (26.03 cm) Connected Panel type HD Touchscreen with Infotainment and Navigation system. Additionally, the 4.2-inch (10.67 cm) instrument cluster panel is of a sporty design and presents useful information to the driver in vivid colours, which includes navigation turn-by-turn, High Line Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Multi Drive Modes and Grip Control.
To bring alive a concert-like sound ambience, the Sonet offers audio performance by BOSE via the premium BOSE 7-speaker System with Sub-woofer. The stylish and clutter-free centre console offers a hi-tech feel and easy access to many segment-busting features on the go. . The segment-first mood enhancers compliment the class leading audio capabilities of the Sonet with LED Sound Mood Lamps, which is exclusive to the Sonet. Kia Sonet interiors are designed to offer a modern, dynamic and bold outlook with an urbane design.
The most innovative and futuristic development in the Sonet is the 6-speed iMT Technology. The iMT Technology makes Kia Sonet the perfect vehicle for today’s new-age user. The Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT gearbox will enable a clutch-less shifting with the control of a manual shift lever, offering the best of both worlds! This path-breaking innovation will not only enhance the driving experience, but also prove to be instrumental in improving clutch life since it is handled electronically.
Kia Sonet is loaded with 30+ segment-first features across design, performance and connectivity to offer a complete vehicle in the compact-SUV segment and disrupt the category altogether. From a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen, to the BOSE Premium 7-speaker system (with subwoofer which is the loudest range made by Bose), to remote engine start in manual transmission and front parking sensors, Kia has ensured to pay utmost attention to each section in making the Sonet the most compelling option in the category.
Some of the categories bursting features are as follows:
• Largest & Best -in-segment 10.25 inch (26.03 cm) HD Touchscreen with Navigation & live traffic information
• Smart Pure Air Purifier with Virus Protection
• BOSE Premium 7-speaker System with Sub-woofer
• Front Driver & Passenger Ventilated Seats
• LED Sound Mood Lamps
• Remote Engine Start for Automatic and Manual Transmission through UVO & Smart Key
• Over-The-Air (OTA) map updates- Multi-Drive Traction Modes & Grip Control in Automatic versions
• Smartphone Wireless charger with Cooling Function
Sonet is the first SUV in the segment to be offered in the sporty GT Line trim. The GT-Line Trim has been crafted to offer an extra dash of sportiness to the Sonet and to highlight its dynamic presence on the road. The GT Line trim comes with red stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door armrest. The black high glossy Grille with GT Line logo and red accents on the front, together offer a distinct look to the car. The reat of the GT line encompasses the Piano Black Diffuser Fin Skid Plates with red accents. It also sports a D-cut steering wheel adding to its sporty appeal.
Safety is always at the forefront for Kia Motors India and the Sonet will feature an extensive list of active and passive safety equipment. Sonet’s body structure constitutes more than 2/3 high strength and advance high strength steel – this translates to a lightweight but robust structure for the compact SUV. Kia has paid utmost attention to ensure that every drive in the Sonet is relaxing and safe. Kia Sonet offers an array of safety measures including active, passive, health safety, security and maintenance. The hosts of safety features giving a peaceful ownership experience are as follows:
• Six Airbags
• ABS with EBD,
• ESC, HAC, VSM and Brake assist
• Front & Rear parking sensors
• Projector Fog lamps
• Highline tyre pressure monitor
• Auto headlamps
• Isofix child anchor