Kia Motors has announced that it has retailed 50,000 connected cars in the Indian market. The company says that it’s the only car manufacturer in the country to achieve such impressive sales numbers in just 10 months of its arrival. Just so you know, the carmaker offers UVO connected car technology in the Seltos compact SUV and Carnival premium MPV. Recently, Kia introduced an updated UVO connected car technology on the 2020 Seltos model lineup. The updated system offers over 50 connected car features along with new voice commands functions.
Now the user can activate the Seltos’ UVO system by saying ‘Hello Kia’, thanks to its new voice-assisted wake up command. It also supports 9 new voice commands including media control, climate control, navigation control, weather information, calling, holiday information, time and date, control air purifier settings, cricket score. Kia’s updated UVO system also offers features such as auto collision notification and stolen vehicle notification.
Furthermore, the carmaker offers the UVO Smart watch app connectivity that enables the user to operate connectivity features via a smart watch. The Smart watch should have iOS, Android or Tizen operating system. Kia has confirmed that the updated UVO system will also be made available on the upcoming Sonet subcompact SUV that will come in August – October period. The company showcased the model in its concept form at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The upcoming Kia Sonet will share its underpinnings and engines with the Hyundai Venue. Though, its design and interior will be completely different from its cousin. The new Kia compact SUV will be made available with diesel-automatic combination that misses out on the Venue. Hyundai recently announced that it will soon introduce iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) on the Venue 1.0L turbo-petrol model. The same clutchless manual gearbox will be offered on the Kia Sonet. Prices of the new Kia small SUV are estimated to fall in Rs 7 lakh – Rs 12 lakh band.