Kia Motors will launch its reveal its third offering for India, the Kia Sonet. The Sonet is a sub-four-metre SUV, and this will be its global debut. Teasers from Kia already suggest that the Sonet will look very close to the concept showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
We expect the Sonet to come with a slew of segment-first features. Also expected is a wide choice of engines and gearbox combinations. The iMT that recently debuted in the Venue will also be available here. Stay tuned as we bring you all the details about the Kia Sonet's engines, specification, features, styling and so on.
We got early access to the Kia Sonet sub-four-metre SUV and here are the images from the time we spent with it.
Have questions about the 2020 Kia Sonet? Here's our in-depth analysis of everything we know so far of the Kia Sonet
Catch the video walk-around below
We have a lot more lined up for you on the Kia Sonet. Stay tuned for a detailed first look, both text and video at 2 pm today. Later at 6 pm, join us for our weekly live show where we break down everything that has been shown today. We will also have live interviews from Kia representative.
You can check out the full reveal of the Kia Sonet below
The Sonet will also be the only SUV in the segment to offer a diesel automatic variant
The GT Line trim, as seen on the Seltos, also be available with the turbo-petrol and diesel
There will be a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT, a torque convertor and an iMT
The Kia Sonet will come with a 1.5-litre N/A petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.5 diesel engine
The made-in-India Kia Sonet will match the quality standards of global Kia models
COVID19 has not delayed the Sonet's launch timelines, the SUV will be launched as scheduled
The Sonet will also get the UVO suite of 55 connected car features
Feature list highlights of the #KiaSonet include a smart air purifier with 'virus protection', front & rear parking sensors, and UVO connected suite growing to 57 features. Of course, the segment 1st Diesel A/T might be the standout variant. #SonetWorldPremiere @KiaMotorsIN pic.twitter.com/ASecGJTDjF— OVERDRIVE (@odmag) August 7, 2020
Other feature highlights will be ventilated seats and a Bose audio system
Kia's late start in India has helped it focus on populr segments and introduce products/tech most popular among buyers - Glaab
The Sonet's global production will be based out of India, with exports planned for regions globally, says Lawrence Glaab
The Sonet will feature a 10.25-inch touchscreen, an iMT gearbox and a PM2.5 air purifier, a segment first
Kia has designed the Sonet keeping younger, active consumers in mind. The Indian-inspired design has come by way of its rich legacy
The interiors of the Sonet also has been designed keeping Indian needs in mind. Aside from having segment-leading digital displays, the large air-vents are meant to keep occupants cooler in our weather
The Tiger Nose grille has also been reinterpreted for a deeper Indian connection
The shape and bodywork of the Sonet has been inspired by a baby elephant, a strong Indian connection
Here's the Kia Sonet in production form
Karim Habib, who has headed the global design team for the Sonet says that the new SUV's looks have been heavily influenced by India
The Sonet will be another global product, and is expected to stand out with its styling and features
Kia's global head says Kia chose the Seltos and now the Sonet to make a mark in India, due to the global demand for such compact SUVs
The Sonet is being revealed from the Kia Design Studio in India
We saw the Sonet in Concept form first at the Auto Expo 2020. Here is what we thought of it then
Kia Motors India has already shown us sketches of the Sonet, which give us a fair idea of what the sub-four-metre SUV might look like. Read more about that here