The compact SUV space in India has seen a significant boost in the recent times, courtesy of compelling choices by OEMs. This year, we have seen Tata Nexon get its major update. To read more about the Tata Nexon, click here.
Today, Kia has made the global debut of Sonet facelift, bookings of which are slated to start from December 20. In its latest avatar, Sonet gets a significant makeover not just in terms of exterior design but also in terms of tech and a diesel-manual powertrain inclusion.
Design-wise, the looks are now more aligned with its elder sibling - Seltos. To read more about seltos, click here. Sonet gets a new front design with a redesigned front bumper along with a bigger headlamp unit. It also gets a new design for 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear design language resembles Seltos, with a long LED strip in the back. Also, depending on the variant - the badging and treatment transitions vary.
On the inside, the significant change is in the order of the Seltos, with a 10.25-inch instrument screen. It also gets a 10.2-inch infotainment display with a host of connected tech features. Just beneath the infotainment screen lies a small screen for HVAC controls and other drive modes. The Sonet now also comes with Level 1 ADAS features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, forward collision avoidance assistance and warning, high beam assist, lane keeping assist, and more. Six airbags come as a standard across all variants.
Kia Sonet comes with three engine options: a 1.2-litre N-A petrol motor that produces 83hp of peak power and 115Nm of torque, which comes mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. There's another 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that produces 120 hp of power and 172 Nm of torque. There is also a 1.5-l diesel motor that will now be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as a 6-speed iMT.
Kia Sonet goes up against Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, and Maruti Suzuki Brezza. The prices of Sonet are expected to be revealed in the first quarter of next year.