The new diesel-powered Kia Sonet compact SUV breaks cover

It also comes with a choice of two petrol engines and five transmission options
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 10, 2020
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It’s time to put all sketches and teasers aside—Kia has finally unveiled the production-ready Sonet compact SUV.

Here, we can see that the rendered images look basically the same as the initial sketches, save for the 16-inch crystal-cut alloy wheels. But that’s not the real highlight of the launch—the big news here is that the Korean carmaker has also revealed the specs of its upcoming vehicle, and it has announced that the Sonet will be available with a diesel engine.

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Yes, the Sonet can be had with a 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine. Other options include two gasoline engines: a 1.2-liter four-cylinder Smartsream mill and a 1.0-liter turbopetrol. A total of five transmissions are available, namely: five- and six-speed manuals, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a six-speed automatic, and Kia’s new six-speed Smartsream intelligent manual transmission.

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Kia has also given us a glimpse of the interior, which comes equipped with a 10.25-inch infotainment system that boasts the brand’s UVO ‘connected car’ technology. This is complemented by a seven-speaker Bose audio setup with a subwoofer. There’s also a 4.2-inch instrument cluster that displays information such as turn-by-turn navigation instructions and tire pressure.

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Other added features include Kia’s ‘Smart Pure Air Purifier’ with a two-level purification system. Safety and driver-assist features, meanwhile, include hill-start assist, vehicle stability management, brake assist, and ABS with EBD.

“Kia Motors continues to be recognized globally through products which offer exquisite design and world-class quality, along with ‘The Power to Surprise.’ Everything about the all-new Sonet is uniquely Kia and is sure to delight both drivers and passengers,” said Kia Motors Corporation president and CEO Ho Sung Song. “With its aggressive and modern design language, fun-to-drive dynamics, and Kia’s latest high-tech features, the Sonet puts an exclamation point on our ambition to make Kia the brand of choice, especially among millennial and Gen Z consumers.”

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The new vehicle, which was first seen at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, will be built in Kia’s state-of-the-art plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

“We are extremely excited to introduce the Sonet, which is made in India for the world,” said Kia Motors India managing director and CEO Kookhyun Shim. “The Kia Sonet is designed and developed to deliver a best-in-class experience in quality, design, technology, features, and drivability to attract a wide spectrum of customers across segments.”

What can you say about the new Kia Sonet? Do you think Kia Philippines should bring this over to our market?

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