Finally, KIA Sonet is all set to launch on 7th Aug 2020, it shall be placed under sub compact SUV market which is already very competitive, First time KIA Showcased following crossover at Auto Expo 2020 once after launch it shall compete with Ford eco sport, Maruti vitara breeza, TATA Nexon, Hyundai venue and Mahindra XUV 300
Looks wise car have KIA Signature tiger nose grille, LED DRL on headlamps are looking very unique and different, With its new clutchless gearbox & latest version of UVO software, the Sonet could rule the segment.
KIA Sonet shares its platform with Sibiling Hyundai venue, once after launch it shall become the second car with a clutch less manual transmission. The IMT gearbox is expected to be launched in the Hyundai Venue first some time by the end of this month.
Kia Motors is introducing what it calls Intelligent Manual Transmission or IMT gearbox in the Sonet SUV, providing clutchless shifting with the control of a manual shift lever. In very simple words, an IMT will offer operation exactly like a manual gearbox which needs the driver to shift gears with the stick but there will be no clutch pedal.
In terms of features, the Sonet will be offered with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, connected car technology, climate control, and a Bose sound system iis likely to come in top model. Other expected features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wireless phone charger, cruise control, a multi-info display, and key-less entry with push-button start. Expected safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rear view camera.
Kia Sonet engine options include a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol paired with a 7-speed DCT in GT line model, 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine with a five-speed manual as well as IMT options and a 1.5-litre diesel turbo unit borrowed from the Seltos, but in a different state of tune, delivering 99 hp and 240 Nm of torque.
Just Like kia Seltos and KIA Carnival, the KIA Sonet shall also offer internet connectivity options through latest and updated KIA UVO Function, it would also likely to support Voice assistant with a wake word “Hey KIA”
Offically KIA not have confirmed about how many Variants for Sonet model they shall launch
As we said the KIA Sonet is launching in India’s most competitive segment where already established players like Ford eco sport, Maruti vitara breeza, TATA Nexon, Hyundai venue and Mahindra XUV 300 shall compete against it price wise we are expecting it to be priced between 7.5 lacs – 12 lacs ex showroom