Kia has announced that the redesigned Sonet compact SUV, which is the company’s most affordable model in India, will go on sale on December 14. The Kia Sonet was first introduced in September 2020 and has been in sales for three years. The impending major facelift is intended to sustain the momentum of the vehicle by bringing in minor fashionable and interior modifications. A number of leaked images of the Kia Sonet facelift have made their way online, giving fans a thorough preview of the compact SUV’s updated design.

There are a few little external changes visible in the leaked photos of the Kia Sonet facelift. The new Sonet facelift features a redesigned grille up front with new hexagonal inserts and a satin chrome bottom edge. The headlamps have been redesigned with vertical extensions that flow downward from the outside bottom borders. The Sonet facelift will have dynamic LED turn indicators and all-LED headlamps, just like the recently released Seltos facelift.

Other than the different alloy wheel styles for each variation, the side aspect of the 2017 Kia Sonet facelift is largely unchanged. Moving on, the redesigned Sonet has modernized LED tail lamps with an LED connecting light bar in the back, which is similar to the design found on the Kia Carens. The SUV’s rough look is further enhanced by updated front and rear bumpers with more noticeable body cladding. Constant characteristics include a single-pane sunroof, roof rails, and a shark fin antenna.

Cabin is still hidden

The interior of the next Kia Sonet facelift will likely include new technologies including ADAS, a powered driver’s seat, and a revamped fully-digital instrument console, though specifics are still to come. The upholstery will likely be replaced. The new Sonet is likely to keep the existing version’s kit list, featuring ventilated front seats, a wireless charger, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto AC with rear AC vents, and more.

The Kia Sonet facelift’s engine range will not change from the existing compact SUV model that is on the market. This implies that there will be two gasoline and one diesel powerplant options available for the Sonet facelift. The 1.2-liter, 83 PS naturally-aspirated gasoline engine in lower and mid-spec models will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

However, the 1.0-liter, 120 PS turbocharged petrol engine used in the mid-spec and higher-variants of the Sonet will be paired with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Also available with the 1.5-liter, 115 PS diesel engine are a 6-speed iMT and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

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