Kia has released an official render of its upcoming compact family car – the Sonet. Here are some details about the new model, as well as some information regarding the newcomer's arrival in South Africa.
The first image of the production-spec Kia Sonet has been revealed and it gives us some idea of what the compact newcomer will offer. Kia is already on a good run with its Seltos, which is one of the more interesting-looking vehicles in the segment. The Sonet is set to be officially revealed (in the metal) on 7th August 2020.
Kia says its new Sonet "aims to set new design benchmarks and inject a new dynamism in the compact SUV segment when it is revealed later this summer." Based on the funky-looking Kia Sonet Concept which was revealed earlier in 2020, the production model Sonet will be the Korean brand's second vehicle to come from its plant in India and is aimed at the global market.
Kia South Africa confirmed the all-new Sonet will be making its way to South Africa late in 2020. Engine details and specifications will be announced closer to the SA launch date. Based on what we've seen from Korean sibling Hyundai, we're expecting a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor and connectivity options like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. There's a 10.25-inch infotainment screen up front that deals with media and navigation requirements.
Kia India has also noted that the Sonet will have up to 6 airbags in what it calls class-leading safety for occupants. The spec for the South African models is still under consideration, but we expect to hear what will be on offer soon.