We recently informed you that the Sonet SUV from Kia will make its debut next month in its updated guise. Now, the Korean carmaker has formally disclosed the date of this eagerly-awaited market debut, according to industry sources. The Facelift model will be unveiled on December 14, followed by pricing details revealed in early 2024. According to market reports, the well-liked sub-4m SUV from Kia's stable will take styling inspiration from its newly updated sibling, the Seltos. The upcoming model is expected to have various external updates, such as a new grille, fog lamps, daytime running lights, and headlamps. Additionally, roof rails, dual-tone alloy wheels, a shark-fin antenna, an electronic sunroof, and several other features may be included. With a host of notable outward changes including a redesigned headlamp layout with integrated DRLs and a slightly modified air dam, the Sonet Facelift was caught in lens performing road tests in China last month. However, it is worth noting that the Sonet SUV that was tested in China may not be the same as the one that will be sold in India. As we are nearing the official debut of the India-spec Sonet, let's explore the potential features that the upcoming SUV might come equipped with.
Kia Sonet Facelift: Under The Hood
The Kia car will probably feature no modification underneath the skin. It is likely to continue with the same set of engines, which includes a 1.5-litre diesel unit (114bhp and 250Nm), a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol unit (118bhp and 172Nm), and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit (82bhp and 115Nm). There will be multiple transmission options available for the vehicle. These include a 5-speed manual transmission for the naturally-aspirated petrol model, a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) and a 6-speed automatic transmission for the diesel model, and a 6-speed iMT and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) for the turbocharged petrol version.
Kia Sonet Facelift: Features Kit
The equipment list of the Facelift model is expected to be brimming with features like touch-based controls for the AC functions, a fully digital instrument cluster, new switchgear, and more. The cabin of the updated Sonet is likely to feature a fresh black and tan theme and built-in sunblinds for the second-row passengers. On the safety front, the car is anticipated to include six airbags as standard, TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), front and rear parking sensors, and ADAS (on top variants).
Kia Sonet Facelift: Price and Competitors
It has not been officially confirmed yet, but Kia may raise the price of the model after the update due to cosmetic and feature improvements. The all-new Sonet SUV will compete in the market against the Mahindra XUV300, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, the Renault Kiger, the Tata Nexon, and the Hyundai Venue.