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Kia Sonet previews sub compact SUV

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Kia has been long boasting of bringing in a sub compact SUV into the crowded SUV space. However after lending us a few glimpses received from testing cars and teasers the Sonet has finally been unveiled in concept form at the 2020 Auto Expo in Delhi.

The Sonet concept is Kia’s take at the sub four metre SUV segment and will share its base with the Hyundai Venue upon launch.

The Sonnet concept gets a muscular design with an upright stance and flared wheel arches, all of which are important for an SUV. The face gets the familiar tiger nose grille with black and red honeycomb inserts, sleek headlamps with nicely styled daytime running lights and muscular bumper along with a large air dam.

The side profile wears a neat look with clean surfaces and smooth curves, there’s also the almost squared out like wheel arches with large alloy wheels, thick band of chrome running along the window line, chunky silver roof rails and an upswept rear roofline which flows into the rear.

Speaking of the rear, the Sonet concept receives large roof spoiler, sharp looking LED taillamps which are connected via a light bar that also holds the Kia logo done in LED and a chunky dual tone rear bumper with dual exhaust pipes and chrome establishments.

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The fact that the Sonet concept gets plenty of red highlights all around the car proves that a GT line could be in the offing just like the Seltos. However more clarity will come into light once the launch date nears.

Kia hasn’t revealed the interior yet but expect a sporty layout with a focus on offering more features than the Venue. What is confirmed however are ventilated front seats, a Bose sound system and connected car technology courtesy the UVO connect.

Mechanically the Sonet will be powered by the same engines as that on the Venue, this means a 1.2 litre petrol and a 1.5 diesel could be the ideal options, while transmission options will include an IMT automatic, (a next generation transmission tech evoked about by Kia) along with standard manual as well.

When the Kia Sonet goes on sale in the second half of 2020, it will rival the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV 3OO, Ford Ecosport and Tata Nexon among many other upcoming models.

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