Yesterday, we shared the report on how the facelifted Sonet drives. Click here to read Vipul Punetha's first drive impressions about the car. Today, the brand has launched the Sonet at an introductory starting price of 7.99 lakhs(ex-showroom). The revamped Sonet has a slightly updated exterior and interior, plus a suite of advanced safety features. The Sonet will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines, with a total of seven variants, namely HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTX+, and X-Line.
There are three engine options- a 1.2-litre NA petrol one that comes only mated to a 5-speed gearbox. There is also a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that comes with an iMT and 7-speed DCT gearbox. Then, there is a diesel motor that gets 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT and 6-speed AT. The 1.2-l NA engine produces 83hp of peak power and 115 Nm of torque. The 1.0-l turbo engine makes 118 hp of power and 172Nm of torque. The 1.2-l diesel unit makes 114 hp of power and 250Nm of torque.
The front fascia is now revamped with a new grille, bumpers and LED headlamps. At the rear, the changes are reminiscent of its elder sibling - Seltos. The taillamp is now a big connected unit, a design trend that is quite popular with new cars. On the interiors, it gets a new 10.25-inch infotainment unit with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Then, there is a new digital instrument cluster that is borrowed from the Seltos facelift. The significant addition is the Level 1 ADAS suite featuring ten safety functions. Apart from ADAS, it also gets six airbags, a hill-start assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and ESC, which are standard across all variants.
Kia Sonet goes up against the recently refreshed Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, and Maruti Suzuki Brezza.