Kia Sonet Facelift Makes Waves as it Debuts on the World Stage

Kia Sonet Facelift Makes Waves as it Debuts on the World Stage

Kia has officially introduced the Sonet facelift in India, showcasing a refreshed design and several added features, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Here's a detailed look at what the updated compact SUV brings to the table.

Exterior Enhancements

The Sonet facelift exhibits an evolutionary design, with notable changes upfront. Larger LED headlights, surrounded by new LED Daytime Running Lights, and a redesigned front bumper with updated skid plates mark the key exterior updates. The rear features a connecting LED light bar, connecting C-shaped tail-lights, a new bumper, and a roof-mounted spoiler. Different treatments for the front and rear bumpers distinguish the Tech Line from the GT and X-Line variants.

Available in eight monotone, two dual-tone, and one matte finish paint shades, including the new Pewter Olive color from the Seltos, the Sonet facelift offers diverse customization options.

Interior Upgrades and Features

Inside the cabin, the Kia Sonet facelift introduces a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster borrowed from the Seltos and retains the centrally mounted 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment. The climate control information is displayed on a new small screen, accompanied by toggles for HVAC controls, traction, and drive modes. The upholstery for the seats has also been updated.

A significant addition is the Level 1 ADAS technology, offering features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, forward collision avoidance assistance, high beam assist, lane-keeping assist, and more. Standard safety features across all trims include six airbags, hill-start assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Higher trims boast additional features like cornering lamps, a four-way powered driver's seat, and a 360-degree camera with a blind-view monitor.

Powertrain Options

The Sonet facelift retains its previous powertrain lineup, featuring an 83hp, 1.2-liter petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox, a 120hp, 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine, and a 116hp, 1.5-liter diesel engine. Transmission options include 6-speed iMT, 7-speed dual-clutch, 6-speed manual, and 6-speed torque converter automatic.

Trims and Variants

Offered in Tech Line, GT Line, and X-Line variants, further divided into trims such as HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTX, and X-Line, the Sonet caters to a range of preferences. The 1.2-liter petrol engine is available on select trims, while the turbo-petrol and diesel engines are spread across all three trim lines.

Price and Competition

Kia plans to reveal the prices for the Sonet facelift in January. Considering the substantial updates, the facelifted model is expected to be priced slightly higher than its predecessor. Competing in the compact SUV segment, the Sonet facelift will face rivals such as the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, and others.