Kia Sonet: GT Line vs Tech Line - How Do They Differ?
Kia will offer the Sonet in two trim styles just like the Seltos
Update (18/09/2020): Kia has launched the Sonet with prices beginning from Rs 6.71 lakh (ex-showroom). Read more about it here.
At the unveiling of its newest offering, Kia revealed that the Sonet sub-4m SUV will be offered in two trim levels, just like the Seltos: GT Line and Tech Line. The GT Line is the sportier of the two and will be largely reserved for the variants powered by the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. Meanwhile, the Tech Line is expected to be offered with the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine variants. Kia could also decide to position the GT Trim as the top-spec option and offer it with both turbo-petrol and diesel powertrains.
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We’ll have to wait for the variant-wise details to see if either of them will miss out on any comforts over the other. For now, let’s see how the Tech Line and GT Line differ in terms of appearance.
The firstmost distinction for the GT Line is the splattering of red across various bits. At the front, it gets some red bits on the grille along with the GT badge. It even gets its own air dam with the mesh design flanked by vent-like elements and a red strip just above the front skid plate. The Tech Line model uses silver cladding for the slatted air dam instead of the vent-like design while the tiger nose grille is plain black.
In profile, the differences are fewer. In the top-spec, it seems they both get the same dual-tone alloy wheel design but the GT Line variant gets red surrounds for the wheel hubs and red brake callipers. It also gets a red strip for the door skirt cladding instead of the silver one seen in the Tech Line version.
Around the rear, the GT Line has a red GT badge and a red insert on top of the faux exhaust design above the skid plate. The various design elements of the rear bumper for the Tech Line Sonet have a silver-grey finish while the GT Line has them in contrast black which blends into the cladding for a more integrated appearance.
Here’s where the difference between the Tech Line and GT Line variants is most noticeable. The Tech Line gets a dual-tone black and beige cabin, while the GT Line trim has an all-black interior with contrasting red stitching on the door armrests, seat upholstery, transmission cover and steering wheel too. The AC vent surrounds for the Tech Line Sonet are also finished in silver while the GT Line has the same vent styling but in a dark finish.
Kia will offer sportier pedals, likely with a metallic finish, for the GT Line variants as opposed to the plain-looking ones in the Tech Line trim.
There is also the GT Line badging at the bottom of the steering wheel and it’s embroidered on the front seatbacks too.
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The two trims highlight two different aspects of the Kia Sonet. While the Tech Line leans more towards a premium look, the GT Line has been styled to look sporty with its use of red accents. We prefer the GT Line as it suits the other aggressively styled elements of the Kia Sonet. Let’s see what powertrain-variant options Kia will offer for the Sonet which is expected to launch around early-September.