Revamped and Ready: Kia Set to Unveil Facelifted Sonet in India on December 1


Kia Motors is revving up the excitement in the compact SUV segment with its eagerly awaited Sonet facelift, scheduled for its debut in India on December 14. This upcoming launch promises to usher in a fresh chapter for the popular compact SUV, marking its first mid-lifecycle update since its initial unveiling in September 2020.

Exterior and Interior Enhancements

Spy shots of camouflaged test mules have hinted at substantial updates, primarily focused on the exterior and interior of the vehicle. While the mechanical aspects will largely remain unchanged, the Sonet facelift is set to receive notable aesthetic modifications.

Exterior Tweaks: Expect a redesigned grille, revamped headlamps featuring new LED Daytime Running Lamp elements, and fresh alloy wheel designs. Notably, the rear will showcase a shift from the wraparound tail-light setup to new vertical units connected by a sleek LED light bar, reminiscent of the design language seen in the new Seltos.

Interior Refinements: Inside the cabin, anticipate a slightly updated dashboard with new switchgear for the HVAC system. The possibility of incorporating infotainment and driver screens from the Seltos facelift adds to the excitement. Furthermore, speculations suggest an updated digital instrument cluster akin to that found in the Venue and Carens. The inclusion of new upholstery and trim options, along with enhanced safety measures like six standard airbags across the range and potential adoption of ADAS suite, will further elevate the Sonet’s appeal.

Powertrain Options and Competition

The Sonet facelift is expected to retain its current powertrain lineup, featuring a 1.2-liter petrol engine generating 83hp, a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine producing 120hp, and a 1.5-liter diesel engine delivering 116hp. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual for the petrol variant, while the turbo-petrol and diesel engines will retain the 6-speed iMT. Additionally, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 6-speed automatic will be available for the turbo-petrol and diesel engines, respectively. Rumors suggest the potential comeback of the diesel-manual option on select trims.

Expected Price and Competition

The refreshed Sonet is anticipated to fiercely compete with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger. With a host of upgrades and enhancements, a marginal increase in prices is expected. For reference, the current Sonet is priced between Rs 7.79 lakh to 14.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

As anticipation builds up for the unveiling on December 14, Kia’s Sonet facelift is poised to set new benchmarks in the compact SUV segment, blending refreshed aesthetics with its proven performance and feature-rich offerings. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting launch!

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