Kia Motors’ upcoming subcompact crossover, Sonet shares its internals with the Hyundai Venue
South Korean automaker Kia Motors has only two products in its Indian portfolio: Seltos compact crossover and Carnival minivan. Ever since debut, both have made a strong statement in their respective segments. It was only recently that Kia Motors India released a 2020MY update for its very first offering, Seltos. On the other hand, the automaker has unveiled the new-gen Carnival or Sedona for global markets.
Kia Motors India is almost ready to launch a new product to one of the most active segments on the Indian market, sub-four-metre subcompact crossovers — known as “compact SUVs” to the wider audience. With global debut planned for August 7, the all-new Kia Sonet is aimed to set a high benchmark in its class.
In fact, unofficial bookings have commenced at certain Kia Motors India dealerships for a token amount of Rs 25,000. Test drives are expected to start later this month following the car’s full reveal.
Over the months, we have shared multiple spy images and videos of the upcoming “small SUV”. The company has also shared some official sketches or renders of its exteriors and interiors. It certainly looks packed for what is essentially an affordable product enjoying the tax benefits of being under four metres in length.
Variants & Trims
TeamBHP has shared an insight into the Kia Sonet’s variants and trims ahead of its official unveiling. Like the bigger Seltos, there will be two trim packages: Tech Line (beige/black interiors) and GT Line (black/red interiors). Sub-trims under Tech Line include HTE, HTK, HTX and HTX+ (no HTK+). The more premium GT Line comes in GTK, GTX and GTX+ formats. Similar to the trend followed in the Kia Seltos, NA petrol and diesel engines will be available only in Tech Line while the turbo petrol motor is exclusive to GT Line.
Notable features include full-LED headlamps, 16-inch wheels, sunroof, wireless charging, 10.25-inch touchscreen, UVO smartphone connectivity, six airbags and more. As expected, GT Line packs more equipment in addition to carrying somewhat sportier aesthetics.
In the Hyundai Venue, 1.0 Turbo DCT powertrain is available only with SX+ (one step below the top SX (O) option). The Kia Sonet’s DCT variant will be available in fully-equipped GTX+ avatar.
Engine & Specs
As mentioned before, the 2020 Kia Sonet shares its platform with the successful Hyundai Venue. There are three engine choices: 82bhp/114Nm 1.2-litre NA petrol (5-speed manual), 99bhp/240Nm 1.5-litre diesel (6-speed manual) and 118bhp/172Nm 1.0-litre turbo petrol (6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT). iMT or ‘intelligent Manual Transmission’ is essentially an almost-automatic transmission or in other words, a manual shifting system without a clutch pedal.