It’s an open secret that Kia Motors is working on a subcompact SUV (codenamed Kia QYi) for the Indian market. It will be the third model from the Korean carmaker in the country, following the Carnival MPV that’s due for January, 2020. Reports suggest that the new Kia sub-4 meter SUV will be named ‘Kia Sonet’. Here, we have listed the top 5 facts about the Sonet that we know so far.
1. Modern Styling
The Kia Sonet (Kia QYi) will have compact dimensions with modern styling that will appeal its target buyers. Upfront, the compact SUV will feature conventional headlamp units, the signature tiger nose grille and bumper with integrated ice-cube styled fog lamps. The LED lights could be reserved for the top-spec trim. Similar to the Hyundai Venue, the Sonet might come with 16-inch wheels and 215/60 R16 Apollo tyres. The spy pictures confirm that it will feature a raked rear windshield and taillamps detailing.
2. More Upmarket Than Rivals
Based on the Hyundai Venue’s platform, the Kia Sonet (Kia QYi) is likely to offer a more upmarket cabin. Though, its interior details are still under wraps. The list might include steering mounted controls, a touchscreen infotainment system with latest smartphone connectivity, automatic AC unit, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD and more. Check Out – This Modified Kia Seltos Interior Is Surely Eye-catching
3. UVO Connect Features
Similar to the Kia Seltos, the new subcompact SUV might come with UVO Services and AI Voice Command. The connectivity app offers 37 features in 5 different categories – Navigation, Safety, Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control and Convenience.
4. Hyundai Venue’s Engines
Kia Sonet (Kia QYi) is likely to share its powertrains with the Hyundai Venue. The subcompact SUV might come with 4 engine options including a 83PS, 1.2L MPI naturally-aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol, a 120PS, 1.0L T-GDI turbocharged, 3-cylinder petrol, a 123PS, 1.6L MPI naturally-aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol and a 90PS, 1.4L CRDi turbo diesel. There could be 4 transmissions on offer – a 5-speed manual, 1 6-speed manual, a 7-speed DCT automatic and a CVT automatic. Read – Kia Seltos Gets 5 Star Safety Rating In ANCAP Crash Test
5. Expected Launch and Price
In the sub-4 metre SUV space, the Kia Sonet (Kia QYi) will take head-to-head against Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon and Ford Ecoport. The carmaker might showcase the vehicle at the 2020 Auto Expo and its launch will happen in the second half of 2020. Prices of the Sonet are likely to start from Rs 6.75 lakh and go up to Rs 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom).