Kia teases new SA-bound Sonet compact crossover with more designer sketches

Kia Sonet (Motorpress)
Kia Sonet (Motorpress)

Images of Kia's new production-ready Sonet are shown for the first time.

The latest compact crossover features the brand's 'tiger nose' grille.

Kia South Africa confirmed the new Sonet will make its debut before the end of 2020.

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Kia India released the first images that gives us a proper look at the Korean carmaker's newest compact crossover: the Sonet. 

The all-new model is built in India and is set to makes its South African debut later this year. Kia says the design language is both "youthful and luxurious – ideal for young-at-heart, always-connected consumers."

From the outside it sports the brand's familiar 'tiger nose' grille that incorporates three-dimensional 'stepwell' geometric grille mesh. It's clearly related to the bigger Sportage, currently offered by Kia. The prerequisite LED daytime driving lights help the Sonet stand out, says the carmaker. 

"We are extremely excited to introduce the new Kia Sonet to the world, a compact SUV with a strong and muscular character found only in much larger vehicles. With this in mind, we have designed this SUV with a uniquely sporty attitude, a confident stance and a dynamic silhouette," says Karim Habib, head of design at Kia. 

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Kia Sonet (MotorPress)

Interior details

Inside, there's a 26cm touchscreen housing access to the infotainment system. In India, the system includes a satellite-navigation system. The air vents are finished off in a metallic diamond-knurled pattern, while steering wheel mounted controls and the variable drive and traction modes will be available. 

On the safety front, expect up to six airbags made up of front, side and curtain protection for occupants.

READ: Kia's new Sonet crossover expected to reach SA before the end of 2020

Kia South Africa confirmed it will release more information about local specification, engines and transmissions closer to the local launch date.

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Kia Sonet (MotorPress)

Compiled by Sean Parker

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