Kia Sonet concept – sub-4m SUV to launch this year

Kia Sonet concept – sub-4m SUV to launch this year

Kia has revealed the Sonet concept at the Auto Expo 2020 in Delhi. Kia says that the showcar previews a global compact SUV that will launch in the Indian market in the second half of this year.

Designed for the young, social, connected and tech-savvy, the Sonet’s design highlights include Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille, stepwell geometry within the grille mesh, ‘tiger eyeline’ LED daytime running lights, and full-width rear signature lighting. There are also red accent strips at the front, rear, sides and wheels.

Kia says that cabin highlights include a 10.25-inch infotainment and navigation system with UVO Connect, a Bose premium audio system, and an intelligent manual transmission (iMT is Kia’s name for AMT).

Kia Sonet concept – sub-4m SUV to launch this year

While it’s described as global, the concept car’s sub-4m length means that India is a primary market. There, the Kia will take on the related Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza and the Ford Ecosport, among other pint-sized SUVs. Kia hints at best-in-class interior space.

Word is that the production Sonet will mirror the powertrain options of the Venue. That car comes with a 1.2L NA petrol, a 1.0L turbo petrol and a 1.5L turbodiesel. Befitting its more dynamic image, the Kia is said to come with a sportier suspension setup than the Venue.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

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