Kia has launched the 2022 Sonet in India with prices starting at Rs 7.15 lakh (ex-showroom). The refreshed SUV arrives with new exterior colours, new Sonet logo and a handful of new features.
The most important changes in the 2022 Sonet come in the form of side airbags and tyre pressure monitoring system as standard across the variants. Additionally, the Kia offers semi leatherette seat covers from HTE variant onwards, while the HTK+ trims (including iMT variants) features brake assist, hill assist control, electronic stability control, and vehicle stability management as standard. Furthermore, HTX and above trims come with a 4.2-inch colour instrument cluster and curtain airbags from the HTX+ and onwards.
In addition to that, the Sonet features a new logo (on the steering wheel and tailgate), rear seat back folding knob, a new Kia Connect logo (only available with the HTX+ and GTX+), and a newly designed inside rearview mirror with a Kia Connect button. Besides this, it gets Imperial blue and Sparkling silver paint options. Having said that, Kia has phased out Intelligency blue, Steel silver, and Gold Beige (both single and dual-tone) colours.
The 2022 Sonet continues to be powered by three powertrains – a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.0-litre, turbo, three-cylinder petrol motor, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel unit. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and clutch-pedal less iMT.
Speaking upon the occasion, Myung-sik Sohn, Chief Sales Officer, Kia India, said, ‘We are extremely pleased to continue our positive momentum in the competitive Indian auto market. Our valued customers’ continued trust in our products is a testament to our ‘customer-centric’ product strategy, which has propelled us to achieve numerous milestones in a short period of time. Our focus on the safety of the occupants is reflected in the refreshed Seltos and Sonet, with four airbags standard across all lower variants.’
He added, ‘Additionally, various convenience and styling changes have also been incorporated to recreate newer benchmarks in their respective segments. Until now, we have sold almost 2.67 lakh units of Seltos and nearly 1.25 lakh units of Sonet in the Indian market. We are confident that the refreshed Seltos and Sonet will be greeted with the same enthusiasm and commitment that our customers have shown towards us from the beginning of our journey in India.’