Kia Motors India Unveils Sonet Compact SUV

Kia Motors India Unveils Sonet Compact SUV

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Available with a range of powertrain and transmission options, Kia Sonet will get 57 UVO Connected car features

In a global premiere, Kia Motors has unveiled the urban compact SUV, Sonet, which will soon be available for Indian customers soon to be followed by availability in other markets. To be offered with multiple powertrain options a choice of two petrol engines, Smartstream 1.2-litre four-cylinder and powerful 1.0-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection), and an efficient 1.5-litre CRDi diesel engine are available with a choice of five transmissions. This includes five- and six-speed manuals, a seven-speed DCT six-speed automatic, and Kia’s revolutionary new six-speed Smartstream intelligent manual transmission (iMT). The latter will offer fatigue-free driving thanks to the absence of a clutch pedal, yet the same driver control as a conventional manual transmission. For the first time in this segment, the Sonet also offers its 1.5-litre diesel engine with the six-speed automatic transmission. We believe there is a hint there of the affordable pricing the Sonet will offer.

Inside, a large 10.25 inch HD touchscreen infotainment system sits in the middle of the dashboard. The driver too gets a 4.2-inch digital colour instrument cluster with support for turn-by-turn navigation. There is a BOSE seven-speaker system on offer with LED sound mood lighting. A wireless smartphone charger has been added as well with cooling function. The new Smart Pure Air Purifier in Sonet has a two-level purification system. The pollutant-cleansing HEPA filter incorporates N29 which uses fibre made from Nano-ionic bonding technology of copper sulphide, to remove pollutants and bacteria from the cabin. The second level of filtration is achieved through UVC LED, scientifically proven to kill bacteria and viruses. The system not only effectively cleans out pollutants from the cabin, but also kills bacteria and viruses as it cleans the air.

Sonet too is offered with Kia’s signature UVO Connect suite of technologies, with a range of 57 features for owners offering convenience, remote control, navigation, safety, security and vehicle management. This also includes Kia’s UVO Voice Assist feature, which responds to the greeting, “Hello, Kia.” This artificial intelligence-powered voice-recognition technology provides an enhanced, connected experience and can be used to operate multiple features: phone calls, weather information, time and date, Indian holiday information, media control, navigation control, climate control, and even finding out the latest cricket scores, and 1st in industry driver window up down through voice command.