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In the run-up to the world debut of the Kia Sonet compact SUV which scheduled for 7 August, the car-maker reveals the rear design and LED tail-lamp profile in a new video commercial.
New Kia Sonet SUV displayed at Auto Expo 2020 in India

Recently, the company has sent out an official invite for the virtual launch of the much anticipated Kia Sonet compact SUV, scheduled on 7 August, 2020. Earlier, during an episode of Car India Pit Stop, Manohar Bhat, Head – Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India said, “There shouldn’t be any delays. We intend to launch the Kia Sonet at the time we had committed earlier, which is around August-September.”

The Kia Sonet concept was one of the biggest unveils at the Auto Expo 2020 and many car buyers had put their new car purchases on hold in lieu of the new compact SUV. Though it shares the platform and underpinnings with the recently launched Hyundai Venue, there’s hardly anything common in the way the two crossovers look from the outside.
wold premiere of Kia sonet latest SUV date announced

Going by the teaser videos shared by Kia Motors India, the production version of the Sonet looks very similar concept, barring some minor design tweaks. In fact, the video reveals most of the rear design including the wraparound tail-lamps with distinct LED elements. Though we sorely miss the trendy LED light strip that connected the two tail-lamps on the concept car. This has been replaced in the production version by a thin reflector strip.

If you look at the picture below carefully, you’ll also notice a sharply raked rear and a rather wide windscreen, which would aid visibility for the driver. Apart from this, the Kia Sonet is also seen sporting roof-rails, a roof-mounted spoiler, a stub antenna and a rear wiper as well. The engine options will include a 1.2-litre petrol offered with a manual gearbox; 1.5-litre diesel with the option of a manual or torque-converter automatic, and the much talked about 1.0-litre turbo-petrol that can be got with either a manual ‘box, a dual-clutch auto or a clutchless manual option (iMT) which has been recently introduced on the Hyundai Venue iMT.

(Also Read: Kia Sonet Compact SUV – 9 Things You Need To Know)

Kis Sonet rear design teased

The rear design of production-ready Kia Sonet teased for the first time

Apart from a long list of features, we can expect a few segment-first options to set the Kia apart from the rest in the sub-four-metre SUV segment. We won’t be surprised if the top variant of the Kia Sonet comes equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and even a high-end music system. Features like these are unheard of on an SUV priced between Rs 7-12 lakh (estimated).

Now that the lockdown has been eased out from most states, new car launches like the much-awaited Kia Sonet is what the automotive industry needs to bring some excitement and elevate the buying sentiments of Indian car buyers. The increasing footfalls would not only reinstate the morale of car dealerships but will also draw attention to the other car models like the Kia Seltos and Kia Carnival.


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