Sonet to lead Kia's second year in India

Kia Motors India had revealed its plans to launch six new cars in three years beginning from mid-2019. The company would expand its line-up with a new car every six months. While 2019 was witness to the debut of the Kia brand with the launch of the Seltos mid-size SUV, 2020 saw the launch of the Carnival MPV at the Auto Expo 2020 held in February. Next-up is the Sonet sub-four metre SUV that will be launched in India later this year. What does Kia have in store in the form of upcoming products? Let’s have a look.

The Kia Sonet is a sub-four metre SUV based on the same platform that underpins the Hyundai Venue. The model will rival the Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaMahindra XUV300Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon as well as upcoming models such as the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite. The Sonet will also be the first Kia model in India to feature the brand’s intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), details of which can be read here. The Sonet is scheduled to be launched in the festive season, around the month of August or September.

The first product to arrive after the launch of the Kia Sonet is expected to be the Soul EV. Taking benefit of Hyundai’s assembly line that brings in the Kona EV as a CKD unit for the Indian market, the Kia Soul EV is likely to be a part of the brand building exercise for the company as the EV industry it still in its nascent stages in India. The model will also build on the strong base laid by the Seltos and the Carnival, both of which have put out a tough fight with their respective segment leaders, the Hyundai Creta and the Toyota Innova Crysta. Under the hood of the Soul EV might be a 64kWh battery pack, as seen in the international model, returning a range of 452kms. The Soul EV could arrive early next year.

Following the Kia Soul EV could be an all new model, an MPV that is likely to use a modified version of the platform that underpins the Seltos. Set to rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra Marazzo, the model has been already spotted testing on public roads in Korea. The Kia MPV could be powered by the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines borrowed from the Seltos. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine is unlikely to make its way to this model. The Kia MPV might be launched in the second half of 2021.

Another interesting model to join Kia’s range of products in India could be the Telluride full-size SUV. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, the model is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine producing 291bhp and 355Nm of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Upon arrival in India, the Telluride will rival the Toyota FortunerFord Endeavour and the Skoda Kodiaq. The eight-seater SUV also won the 2020 World Car of the Year award.

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Kia Sonet teased in official render ahead of debut next month

Aditya Nadkarni

July 23, 2020, 12:34 PM IST27,342 Views

Kia Sonet teased in official render ahead of debut next month

– The production-ready Kia Sonet will be unveiled on 7 August

– It will be the second model to be made in India by the brand after the Seltos

Kia Motors India has revealed the first official rendering of the new production-ready Kia Sonet compact SUV. The Sonet concept, which was unveiled for the first time at the 2020 Auto Expo, is set to make its world debut on 7 August. The Sonet will be the second ‘made in India’ car from Kia, following the introduction of the Seltos, and will be launched in India during the festive season.

The Kia Sonet render image reveals a few details regarding the design we can expect from the upcoming model. The Sonet render features the signature tiger-nose grille, LED DRLs, silver roof rails and contrasting black ORVMs. The rear design of the model was recently leaked in images, details of which are available here.

Speaking on the occasion, Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head, Kia Design Center, Kia Motors Corporation, said, “With the new Kia Sonet, we had the ambition to give this compact SUV a strong and muscular character found only in much larger vehicles. With this in mind, we have designed what we believe is a great SUV with a uniquely sporty attitude, a confident stance and a dynamic silhouette. We also gave the new Kia Sonet uncompromising attention to detail and a selection of colors and materials that could have only be inspired by the great cultural heritage that our designers found all over India. As a whole, we believe the new Kia Sonet will be a fantastic SUV with a very compelling and attaching character to our young and young at heart, always-connected customers in India and beyond.”Kia Sonet Photos6 Images

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