Kia India recently introduced its new compact SUV, christened ‘Kia Sonet’. The Korean automaker also opened bookings for the Sonet amidst a great response for it. As per reports, Kia managed to collect more than 10,000 bookings for the compact SUV just a week after they were opened.
The Kia Sonet can be booked by paying an amount of Rs. 25,000 to the company dealership in your city. Kia will officially launch the car here in the middle of September, which is not quite far away from now. Recently, the Sonet was spotted in an unknown dealership, giving us a hint that Kia have started to deliver the car in batches to their showrooms across the country.
So it will only be a matter of time until we see the Sonet on Indian roads. Kia offers the Sonet in two trims, which include a Tech line one and a much sportier GT line trim. It will come with features such as a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and a sunroof to name a few.
In terms of safety, the compact SUV will receive dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors as standard. Kia offers as many as three engine options on the Sonet, namely a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel motor. The former produces 120 BHP of power and 172 Nm of torque, available with options of either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT transmission.
The 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor 83 BHP of power along with 115 Nm of torque. But, it will be available only with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.5-litre diesel interestingly comes with different specifications on its manual and automatic variants.
The engine, when mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox makes 100 BHP of power and 240 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 6-speed automatic one for the same engine gives 115 BHP of power along with 250 Nm of torque. Kia had introduced the Sonet with an introductory price of Rs. 6.60 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The top-trims of the Kia Sonet cost about Rs. 12.90 lakh, which is quite an affordable price tag. When launched, the Sonet will meet a slew of competitors in the compact SUV space such as the Mahindra XUV300, Ford Ecosport, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. With the initial response for the Sonet being quite good, the car looks like another promising product from the automaker and may also be a runaway success like the Seltos after it gets eventually launched.
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