Unveiled earlier last month, Kia Sonet is scheduled for launch on 18th September. Today, marks the start of production of Sonet in India. The photo of Sonet you see in this post, is the first ever Sonet that has been produced in the world. It rolled out of Kia India plant located in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh.
Sonet has received tremendous response from customers, as bookings were more than 6.5k on the first day itself. It will be interesting to see how rivals like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport take on this new challenger in the compact SUV space. Sonet is likely to impact sales of its sibling Hyundai Venue as well.
Mr. Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO at Kia Motors India said, “Today is a momentous day for Kia Motors India, as we officially roll-out the first Kia Sonet customer car. It is a matter of great pride that we have been able to stay true to our promise of ‘The Power to Surprise’ and bring in Sonet in time, despite the unprecedent challenges the world is facing today. Kia Sonet is the symbol of promise and commitment of Kia to the Indian market and a testament to the passion and dedication of the employees at our state-of-the-art Anantapur plant who have worked relentlessly to ensure uninterrupted development of the new Sonet.”
“Mass production of the Sonet in India has been initiated after testing the vehicle for over 100,000 kilometers in different climatic conditions and some of the most challenging terrains in India. After the massive success of the World Premiere held last month, Kia Motors is preparing to launch the Sonet in India on September 18, 2020. With this roll-out, Kia is looking at building India as the export hub for the Sonet to cater to the demand of over 70 markets globally.”
Design and styling
For the battle ahead, Kia has done well by equipping Sonet with a long list of features. The SUV is bound to emerge as the unmistakable head-turner on the streets with its striking looks, muscular build and aggressive design. Some of the key features include Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, crown jewel LED headlamps, heartbeat LED DRL and LED tail lamps, electric sunroof, crystal cut alloy wheels, and sporty dual muffler design. Body colour options include eight monotone and three dual-tone colours.
Sonet’s interiors are designed for the cockpit experience and have some of the most advanced tech innovations. First-in-segment features include ventilated front seats, smart air purifier with virus protection, Bose Premium 7-speaker system with LED sound mood lights, and a 10.25 inch HD touchscreen infotainment and navigation system. Sonet also offers best-in-segment 392 litre boot space. Other key features include wireless charging, 4.2 inch colour instrument cluster, leatherette seats, rear AC vents, and steering mounted controls.
Sonet engine options
Powering Sonet Tech Line variants will be a 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel motor. The petrol unit churns out 83 ps / 115 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel unit makes 115 ps / 250 Nm and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed AT. The sportier GT Line gets the 1.0 litre turbo petrol motor that generates 120 ps / 172 Nm. It is mated to either a 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT transmission.
Of these, the best mileage of 24.1 kmpl is offered by the 1.5 litre diesel variant with manual transmission. Other variants have mileage of around 18 to 19 kmpl. In terms of acceleration, the fastest is the 1.0 litre turbo petrol with 7DCT variant. It can reach 0 to 100 kmph in 11.3 seconds. Not far behind is the 1.5 litre diesel automatic that can touch 100 kmph in 11.8 seconds.
In the safety department, Sonet is equipped with six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), front and rear parking sensors, and first-in-segment tyre pressure monitoring system. Sonet also has better capabilities to handle a crash with its use of high-strength steel and specialized adhesives.