Kia Sonet India Unveil Highlights: Hyundai Venue rival makes global debut – Engine, features, expected price

Kia Sonet is about to step into a very hot-selling segment in India which is currently dominated by the likes of Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. With its new clutchless transmission and connectivity features, could the Sonet be the next big thing?

By: | Updated: August 8, 2020 5:14:41 pm

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Kia Sonet was unveiled for the global markets in India today where it will be the third product to roll out from the house of the South Korean car manufacturer. Like the Kia Seltos and Kia Carnival, Kia Sonet will come with Internet-connected functionalities that include remote features and a voice assistant with a wake word, ‘Hello Kia’. The Sonet will primarily rival the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue which was recently updated with the option of an IMT gearbox. The clutchless transmission system will also be introduced with the Kia Sonet, along with manual, AT and DCT gearbox options.

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    15:20 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet overview

    Kia Sonet is an all-new subcompact SUV that is also the third product in Kia Motors' lineup in India. It will be produced at Kia's Anantpur facility for sale in India and also exported to international markets. Rivalling the likes of Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet shares its engine and platform with the sister company Venue subcompact SUV and will be the second car in the country to feature clutchless transmission.

    Like the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet will get three engine options - a 1.5L petrol, a 1.0L turbo petrol, and a 1.5L turbo diesel. The Sonet will also get a GT Line variant available with the 1.0L turbo petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel engine options. Transmission options include a five-speed MT, a six-speed MT, a six-speed AT, a seven-speed DCT, and a six-speed iMT (clutchless transmission). Following in the footsteps of Kia Seltos and Kia Carnival, Kia Sonet will also feature UVO Connect for remote and voice-assisted functionalities. Expect a price range of about Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom)

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    15:08 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet interior features

    Kia Sonet's cabin will be highlighted by the large 10.25-inch (26.03 cm) HD touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and live traffic, air purifier with virus protection, BOSE seven-speaker audio system with sub-woofer, ventilated driver and front-passenger seats, LED sound mood lighting, remote engine start for automatic and manual transmission via UVO Connect and Smart Key, over-the-air (OTA) map updates, and wireless smartphone charger with cooling function.

    14:33 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet safety features

    Kia Sonet's list of many safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and BA (brake assist), front and rear parking sensors, projector fog lamps, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), auto headlamps, and ISOFIX child-seat anchoring points.

    14:13 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet UVO Connect

    Kia is the first automotive brand in India to reach the milestone of having over 50,000 active ‘connected’ cars on the road. Kia’s UVO ‘connected car’ technology provides a range of 57 features for convenience, remote control, navigation, safety, security and vehicle management. This also includes Kia’s UVO Voice Assist feature - with the wake word “Hello, Kia.” This artificial intelligence-powered voice-recognition system can be used to operate multiple features like phone calls, weather information, time and date, Indian holiday information, media control, navigation control, climate control, and even finding out the latest cricket scores, along with industry-first driver window up/down through voice command.

    13:31 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    What is the new iMT?

    Simply called the Intelligent Manual Transmission, iMT is a clutchless transmission system which will be available as an optional gearbox in the Kia Sonet. The mechanism of the iMT is similar to a manual gearbox that requires the driver to shift gears using a lever, however, does not have a clutch pedal. The system only automates the function of engaging and disengaging the clutch allowing a two-pedal drive system with full control on the gears in the hands of the driver.

    13:08 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet engine and gearbox

    Kia Sonet will get the option of three engines - 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbo petrol, and a 1.5L diesel engine. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, a seven-speed DCT, and the new six-speed iMT.

    12:49 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet GT Line

    Kia Sonet GT Line will get red accents on the exterior & 'GT Line' badge on the grille, red stitching on seats and steering wheel, and alloy pedals. The GT Line will be available in the 1.0-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel variants.

    12:44 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet driving performance

    Manohar Bhat, VP & Head, Marketing & Sales: The Sonet will be well suited for those who like to take it easy and those who like to indulge in enthusiastic driving. It'll get three engine options and transmission options will include a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, a six-speed AT, and the new six-speed iMT.

    12:33 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet feature highlights

    Kia Sonet boasts a long list of features, to name of few to highlight what's new: 10.25" touchscreen infotainment system, Bose seven-speaker system, electric sunroof, front ventilated seats, up to 55 UVO connected features, and a smartwatch for remote functions.

    12:29 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia's vision in India

    Kia is a fairly new brand in India but the manufacturer plans to launch the most advanced and relevant technology in India first. The future belongs to connected cars, Glaab says.

    12:25 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet production

    Lorenz Glaab, VP and Head of Global Product Management: The all-new Kia Sonet will boast the latest technology, such iMT and the world's first virus protection. The Sonet will be produced in India for India and will also be exported to international markets.

    12:15 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet unveiled

    Kia Sonet design was inspired by the baby elephant (powerful, compact, and friendly) with voluminous wheel arches and blacked out c-pillars. It gets what Kia calls the tiger eye line for the DRLs. Habib says that the front grille is inspired by Chand Baori stepwell in India.

    12:10 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet design inspiration

    Aggressive and hip design language will appeal to Millenials and Gen-Z buyers, says Kia. Karim Habib, Senior Vice President & Head of Kia Global Design states that the Sonet's design has been inspired by and designed with young Indians in mind.

    12:06 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet global debut live webcast is on

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    11:38 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet to feature clutchless transmission

    Kia Motors is introducing what it calls Intelligent Manual Transmission or IMT gearbox in the Sonet SUV, providing clutchless shifting with the control of a manual shift lever. In very simple words, an IMT will offer operation exactly like a manual gearbox which needs the driver to shift gears with the stick but there will be no clutch pedal.

    10:37 (IST)07 Aug 2020
    Kia Sonet Global Debut

    The Kia Sonet was first seen as a concept that was unveiled during the 2020 Auto Expo in February this year and now the production version is heading for a full reveal later today. The Sonet, a sub-compact SUV, will be Kia Motors' third product in India after the Kia Seltos which has garnered immense popularity sharing the segment with Hyundai Creta, and the Kia Carnival.

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