NEW DELHI: Car buyers in India are becoming tech-savvy, aspirational and picky. Along with brand reliability, creature comforts and convenience of driving are becoming quintessential.
Take Hyundai Venue for example. Connected features and a plenty of drivetrains created the aura. Customers could blindly rely on B-segment SUV leader Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza amid all its limitations. The likes of Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 encompass a tough DNA.
09:13Kia Sonet: Made in India, designed for world
Fast forward to 2020 to meet the Kia Sonet – unarguably a supreme blend of comfort, convenience and stunning aesthetics. In fact, Sonet is the first of many to come in quick succession. Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Skoda Vision In are waiting in the sidelines, rearing to impress.
Sonet, Kia’s third offering in India, a ‘made-in-India’ SUV, was premiered on Friday. Undoubtedly, after Seltos’s tremendous start, the pressure is double on the Sonet. Surprisingly, we believe Sonet can replicate the success of Seltos if not surpass by a long distance. After the world premiere of Kia Sonet, all eyes are on the launch. Here’s all we know so far about Sonet:
Take a look at five key features of the Kia Sonet:
The Sonet will be offered in two petrol and one diesel engine option, which includes – a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual gearbox, a DCT automatic, an all-new Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) unit, and an automatic torque converter for the diesel model.
iMT technology was first introduced in the Hyundai Venue. The iMT technology is very different from the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). iMT is basically a modified manual transmission which still gives the driver power over the gearstick without the use of a clutch pedal.
The Kia Sonet with its stylish and bold looks is aimed to offer a solid on-road presence and a premium youthful appeal.
The Kia Sonet has a very powerful appearance with ‘heartbeat’ LED DRLs with integrated indicators and the ‘heartbeat’ LED taillamps make sure that the car doesn’t go unnoticed.
The Sonet has an aggressive look because of the signature tiger-nose grille with a distinctive grille mesh and the ‘turbo’ shaped front skid plates.
At the rear, the tail lamps are connected with a unique reflector garnish, imparting a wider look.
3. Interiors and features
In the inside, design is in line with comfort of of driver and passengers. 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 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 an 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.
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 safety features include
• 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
The India-exclusive compact SUV, which was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, is expected to be a game-changer in the B-segment market where it will go head-on with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Nissan Magnite.
Hyundai Venue is sold in six variants: E, S, S+, SX, SX+, and SX (O). The sub-4 metre SUV is priced from Rs 6.7 lakh to Rs 11.4 lakh (ex-showroom). The Brezza is available in four variants: LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. It is priced from Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.4 lakh (ex-showroom).
Expect similar competitive pricing for the Sonet as well