Kia Sonet is Kia’s sub-4-metre SUV.
It will be based on the Venue.
It will share powertrains from the Venue.
The Sonet might be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo.
The launch will probably be by the middle of 2020.
Kia’s second SUV for the Indian marketplace has been codenamed the QYI, and some new information about it has come to light: the company might unveil it at the 2020 New Delhi Auto Expo in February. It might be in a form that isn’t fully production-ready, but its launch is scheduled for the second quarter of the year, so it won’t be that far off, either.
The QYI will most probably be called the Sonet. It will be based on the same platform as the Venue and will share quite a few components with it as well. The styling will be different, of course, with it following Kia’s design language, with its signature grille, LED headlamps, etc.
Inside, it will get a host of premium features, including UVO connect technology, an eSIM for internet connectivity, and a large touchscreen infotainment system.
Powering the Sonet will be the same engines from the Venue – a 118 bhp, 172 Nm 1-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, a 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol that generates 82 bhp and 114 Nm mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox, or a 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that generates 89 bhp and 220 Nm. The diesel will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Kia QYI/ Sonet will launch in 2020, as mentioned before, so all its engines will be BS-VI compliant right from the time of launch. It will compete with other small SUVs like the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and Mahindra XUV 300.