Kia Motors unveils Kia Sonet, new compact SUV made in India
South Korean automotive manufacturer Kia Motors has unveiled a new compact SUV called the Kia Sonet, which will be manufactured at its production facility at Anantapur in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Kia Sonet, which marks the foray of Kia Motors into the compact SUV segment, will be available with multiple powertrain options to suit almost all requirements in the segment. The compact SUV will offer the choice of two gasoline engines – a Smartstream 1.2-liter four-cylinder and 1.0 T-GDi – and a 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engine.
Kia Sonet will be available with a choice of five transmissions which includes five- and six-speed manuals, an intuitive seven-speed DCT six-speed automatic, and the new six-speed Smartstream intelligent manual transmission.
Ho Sung Song – President and CEO at Kia Motors said: “Kia Motors continues to be recognised globally through products which offer exquisite design and world-class quality, along with ‘The Power to Surprise’. Everything about the all-new Sonet is uniquely Kia and is sure to delight both drivers and passengers.
“With its aggressive and modern design language, fun-to-drive dynamics, and Kia’s latest high-tech features, the Sonet puts an exclamation point on our ambition to make Kia the brand of choice, especially among millennial and Gen Z consumers. The Sonet fills a need in the growing SUV market, in India and further afield, and will attract a wider number of consumers to the Kia brand.”