Tata is not the only automaker that showcased a very promising sub-4 meter compact SUV, Kia also stole the show with its very dashing Sonet concept. It took the central stand of Kia’s pavilion and looked like the car that India wanted! Kia showcased the Sonet concept SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo that took place at Greater Noida.
The Kia Sonet shares the chassis with that of Hyundai Venue but looks nothing like its cousin. While the Venue looks boxy and blunt, Kia has made Sonet into the exact opposite of it. It is bold, sharp and looks futuristic. It looks both edgy and curvy at the same time and excels in balancing it too. The front fascia is unmistakably Kia with its “tiger nose” grille that gives it a pouncing feel. Both the top and lower grille have a lot of hexagonal elements which are blacked out and look appealing. A headlight is a single unit and we are happy that someone decided to stray away from the trending split bumper headlamp setup. The Sonet concept uses a sleek looking headlight setup that looks aggressive with the converging LED DRLs.
The possible fog lamp cutouts are bordered in chrome inserts and as this is a concept is devoid of the fog lamps and provides us with a base template of the various possibilities. The hood is muscular with creases on it that adds to its bulky character. The Sonet showcased at the Auto Expo had a dual-tone layout which rather interestingly swept upwards towards the rear. The C-pillar is designed with an upward scoop and adds to the drama of the whole design. At the bottom half, black claddings borderline the body of Sonnet and adds to its off-road focused design elements. The roof rails act as an icing on the cake and make it look finite.
The rear end also has a lot of distinctive features of which the connected LED taillight strip gives it a “Dodge” look. The taillights are shaped in a sweptback fashion and flow seamlessly in the long connected strip. Kia has also used a fair bit of red accents throughout the car which highlights the GT-line trim which can possibly come out from this concept in the production variant.
The cabin also has an edgy vibe to it with a lot of sharp details on the dashboard and the centre is dominated by a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The production model will be high on features and can expect class-leading features to back up the edgy design language. As it shared its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue, expect similarly specced cabin space but the upholstery and features will drastically vary.
Firepower will most probably be taken care of by a 1.2L petrol, a 1.0L turbo-petrol and a 1.5L diesel engine. These are the same engines that are used in Hyundai’s Venue. Kia and Hyundai being under the same parent company, it is not a shocker to see both sharing powertrains. Power will be transferred to the front wheels via either a manual or automatic gearbox, but details are scarce on these and will be exposed when nearing production. By the looks of it, we believe that the final production SUV will have a more sporty stance to it and thus carry a stiffer suspension setup.
The launch is imminent and will mostly happen in the second half of 2020. It will be a premium offering and would most probably be priced in the bracket of Rs. 7-11.5 lakh. The sub-4 meter SUV segment is heating up real fast and the Kia Sonet will have a plethora of competitors in the all-new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the new Mahindra XUV300. Kia is on a roll here as it smacked the competition in the midsize SUV segment with its Seltos and we expect the same commotion to occur once the Sonnet is on sale!