Kia India has added to the HTK+ Petrol MT variant of the Sonet SUV a new feature — an electric sunroof, which was earlier limited to the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol- and 1.5-litre diesel-powered models. This means that the 1.2-litre petrol-powered Sonet gets an electric sunroof for the first time, making it the most affordable variant in the model range that comes equipped with a sunroof. Speaking of its pricing, Kia has launched the HTK Plus variant Petrol MT with this new feature at Rs 9.76 lakh in India. Price is ex-showroom. Meanwhile, this variant continues to pack in a host of nifty features, such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, auto headlamps, automatic AC, wireless phone projection, keyless entry, four speakers with two tweeters, rear camera, etc. Kia launched the all-new Sonet compact SUV in September 2020 in 6 trim levels, spread across Tech Line and GT Line variants.
In March this year, the SUV received significant updates in terms of the powertrain as well as additional features. The SUV features engines that comply with BS6 Phase II or RDE emission standards. Moreover, the Sonet also gets E-20 fuel-compliant engines, a mixture of 20 per cent ethanol and 80 per cent petrol.
Kia Sonet HTK+ Petrol MT: Powertrain
Underneath the bonnet, the Sonet SUV is powered by a 1.2-litre NA petrol engine, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Powering the HTK+ Petrol MT variant is a 1.2-litre petrol engine that cranks out 82bhp and 115Nm of peak torque. This engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
2023 Kia Sonet: Market Rivals
In terms of market rivalry, the new Sonet continues to take on the likes of the Renault Kiger, the Tata Nexon, the Nissan Magnite, the Mahindra XUV300, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, and more in India.
Upcoming Kia Sonet Facelift: India Launch Details and More
Kia is gearing up to launch the facelifted version of the Sonet for the Indian market in 2024. The updated Sonet is expected to come with some significant changes to the car's design and interior, the test mule of which was sighted testing in Hyderabad in early August 2023. Although the revamped model was camouflaged, some distinguishing features were visible in the spy images, revealing the black roof rails, LED DRLs, dual-tone rear bumper, brand-new two-tone alloy wheels, as well as refreshed LED taillights, which seem identical to those found on the new Seltos.
Inside, the car is likely to have a large touchscreen infotainment system on a single-piece dashboard, along with new upholstery, a dashcam, and a fully digital instrument console. An ADAS suite is also likely on the cards.
Kia Sonet HTK+ Petrol MT: What the Company Said?
On the occasion, Mr. Myung-sik Sohn, Chief Sales & Business Officer, Kia India, said, "Sonet's journey has been defined by its ability to redefine norms and enhance drive experiences. With the addition of the electric sunroof to the Smartstream G1.2 HTK+variant, we are pushing the boundaries of luxury and value, catering to the discerning needs of our customers. This reaffirms our dedication to providing an exceptional Kia ownership experience that leaves a lasting impression."