Panaji: Kia Motors India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation, has today released official images of the interior and exterior of its upcoming Sonet compact SUV. The production-ready Kia Sonet has a distinctive and dynamic design, as well as many first-in-segment features. First showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 as a concept, the all-new Kia Sonet is scheduled to make its world premiere on August 7, making a bold statement in the compact SUV segment.
Recently, Kia Motors India became the fastest car manufacturer to reach 1 lakh cumulative sales milestone in India. In line with the company’s immensely successful journey in India, the all-new Sonet is all set to make a bold statement in the compact SUV segment. Manufactured in India, the Kia Sonet has a sophisticated and lively cabin featuring a smooth, sweeping dashboard and a stylish, minimalist center console that offers easy on-the-go access to its class-leading features. The general ambience is both youthful and luxurious – ideal for young-at-heart, always-connected consumers.
Designed to maximize driver and passenger comfort, the Sonet’s interior is modern, vibrant and offers a high sense of dynamism to drivers. Trimmed in high-quality materials, its dashboard provides owners with the car’s full range of user-friendly features, including a two-layer tray to store mobile devices and other items while driving. Taking center stage is its high-tech digital display and instrument cluster, featuring a first-in-segment 10.25-inch HD touchscreen and navigation system with UVO Connected technologies. The Sonet will also offer drivers steering wheel-mounted controls, and the ability to select different drive and traction modes. Air vents in the dashboard feature a metallic, diamond-knurled pattern, a chic and stylish design highlight.
In line with Kia’s distinctive design DNA, the Sonet’s emotive and bold design combines the brand’s signature design traits, including the iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, with a three-dimensional ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh, making a strong visual impression inspired by Indian architecture. The distinctive LED headlamps reiterate the ‘Wild by Design’ theme which has inspired the Sonet, giving it a powerful appearance that truly stands out on the road. It projects an aggressive stance with a rugged appeal.
“We are extremely excited to introduce the new Kia Sonet to the world, a compact SUV with a strong and muscular character found only in much larger vehicles. With this in mind, we have designed this SUV with a uniquely sporty attitude, a confident stance and a dynamic silhouette. Its uncompromising attention to detail and selection of colors and materials could have only be inspired by the great cultural heritage that our designers found all over India,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design at Kia Motors Corporation.
“We believe the Kia Sonet’s compelling character will hold major appeal for young, aspirational and always-connected customers in India and beyond.”He added.
The all-new Sonet will also be equipped with intelligent-Manual Transmission offering a balance between control and convenience. The iMT is unique in the sense there is no clutch pedal, but there is a gear lever. The iMT will allow enthusiastic drivers to enjoy changing gear with a manual shifter without the worry of having to press the clutch pedal, reducing driving fatigue especially during traffic hours. In addition to experience, the system will provide “very high fuel efficiency” and prove to be more economic for customers due to no clutch maintenance.
Safety is a key consideration for all Kia Motors vehicles, and the Sonet will feature an extensive list of active and passive safety equipment. It will come equipped with up to six airbags – offering a class-leading combination of front, side and curtain protection for occupants.
With the aim to disrupt the compact-SUV segment, Kia Motors India has loaded the Sonet with several class leading and segment-first features offering complete comfort, convenience, safety and optimum driving pleasure to customers.The Sonet is Kia’s latest ‘Made-in-India’ product and will be available in many of the brand’s global markets.