Kia Sonet Facelift Reveal Date Confirmed For India
The Kia Sonet was launched back in 2020 in India and is set to receive its first major refresh
Changes include a revised grille, updated LED DRLs and new connected LED tail lamps.
Its cabin will largely remain the same except for a new climate control panel and a fresh cabin theme.
Could get a semi-digital instrument cluster, 360-degree camera, and ADAS tech.
The Kia Sonet facelift will continue with the same petrol and diesel powertrains as the outgoing model.
The Kia Sonet facelift will be revealed on December 14 in India, while its price announcement will take place sometime in early 2024. This update marks the first major makeover for the popular sub-4m SUV since its market introduction in 2020. Overall, the smaller sibling borrows styling elements from the larger Seltos.
Kia Sonet Facelift Exteriors
The Kia Sonet facelift has already been spotted testing a few times, with the China-spec model even being seen without any camouflage. The main changes to the design include a new grille with inserts, updated LED headlights, and DRLs that now extend further downwards. One of the misses on this, however, are the fog lamps, which are omitted in favour of a new air dam along with a reprofiled bumper.
Coming to the side profile, the only updates are in the form of new alloy wheels. Towards the rear, the bulk of the exterior changes can be seen. These include new connected LED tail lamps similar to the Seltos along with a new bumper.
Kia Sonet Facelift Interior Updates
The new Sonet is expected to continue without any major revisions to the dashboard design. The centre portion houses a floating touchscreen infotainment, while keen eyed viewers will be able to make out the minor updates made to the AC controls. Other cabin updates will likely include the provision of a semi digital instrument cluster and a new black and tan cabin theme.
Features of the Kia Sonet Facelift
Apart from the new instrument cluster, we expect Kia to equip the new Sonet with a 360-degree camera system as well.The sub-4m SUV’s features set already includes wireless phone charging, a sunroof, ventilated front seats, and cruise control; all of these are also likely to be carried over from the current model.
Coming to the safety front, the Kia Sonet facelift will get six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as seen on its sibling, the Hyundai Venue.
Kia Sonet Facelift Powertrain
Mechanically, the Kia Seltos facelift will remain unchanged. It will continue with the current model’s engine options: the 120 PS 1-litre turbo-petrol, the 116 PS 1.5-litre diesel, and the 83 PS 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol. Transmission options include a 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT for the turbo petrol, a 6-speed iMT and a 6-speed AT for the diesel, and a 5-speed MT for the N.A. petrol.
Kia Sonet Facelift Rivals and Price Expectation
With the new feature additions, we can expect a slight bump up in the price of the current model, which is currently available from Rs 7.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Kia Sonet facelift will continue to go up against the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Renault Kiger, and Nissan Magnite.
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