Kia takes cover off its compact SUV Sonet at Auto Expo 2020

After setting foot on Indians roads with Seltos, South Korean carmaker Kia took the curtains off the compact SUV it is launching in India as a competitor Sonet (codenamed QYI) which will be available to buyers later this year.

Reports suggest that Sonet will be more of a volume cruncher for the company, Kia had said last month.

“Kia is now trying to consolidate in regions where it currently lags in terms of presence,” Kia Motors India Head Marketing and Sales, Manohar Bhat, was quoted by the newswire PTI.

Sonet is a sub-4 metre compact SUV, and sports the company’s signature tiger-nose grille at the front and two-part headlight design.

In terms of design, under the headlamps, a pair of large air dams are there, while its bumper has been given a rugged look through silver elements running across.

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It also has a horizontal red LED strip that runs below the rear glass and links the tail-light clusters on both sides.

Inside the cabin, Sonet is equipped with a large touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, phone connectivity, steering-mounted control among other features. Ventilated seats, cruise control, sunroof and wireless phone charger is available on the top variant(s) of the car.

Under the hood, Sonet is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. Seltos’ diesel engine will be carried forward meeting the Bharat Stage (BS) 6 emission norms.

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