The Koreans KIA Shine serial Sonet (video)

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The Koreans KIA Shine serial Sonet (video)

The world premiere of the new compact SUV of the Korean brand will be held in early August. The first market for the model will be India, where the cross is expected to offer two petrol engines and a diesel engine. Drive, most likely, only the front.

KIA came into the Indian market last year. The first was a crossover Seltos, and in early 2020 he was joined by van Carnival, the third generation, buyers are offered cars of local production. The brand was launched very successfully. So, at the end of 2019 with only one Seltsam, which also appeared at dealers in August, KIA took ninth place among all manufacturers in the country (this refers to the passenger car market): sold 45 494 crossover, left behind Volkswagen (32 of 324 units) and Nissan (23 580 units, subject to a subsidiary brand Datsun). In Covina 2020 the KIA in India, the third line (again, among cars) in five months (excluded from the statistics of April, in the month because of the quarantine there cars not sold) to customers transferred 48 613 cars, the lion’s share, of course, fell on Seltos (front KIA – Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai c 414 772 515 and 136 units, respectively). And here’s to debut finished third model for the Indian market – subcompact SUV KIA Sonet, which aims to strengthen the position of the brand.

In concept this SUV debuted in February, and last week, KIA has sent journalists invitations to the presentation of the production version. Now brand has officially announced the pipeline cross published the first teasers. Premiere date (it will be online) also confirmed the model will open on 7 August.

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So, the commodity front the SUV is almost identical to its forerunner, but preserved and grille, and headlights with led flourishes daytime running lights. Even left the red “touches” on the grid, but, judging by appearing on the GT nameplate, the decor went to “sportivnoy” version. The rear lights are also switched from the concept, only their umbrella stripe on the serial Sonet is not lit. In addition, on the boot door set traditional emblem of the brand, while the concept was the inscription on the red die. The prototype also had a retractable door handles, but the commodity SUVs they hardly received.

The concept of the cabin, the brand has shown only in the presentation file. Though, most likely, within the product Sonet also largely repeated the prototype that is waiting for a multimedia system with touch screen diagonal of 10.25 inches and is located under the tablet vertical blocks air vents.

The closest relative of the Sonnet is the Hyundai Venue, this means that the length of the Indian version of the model KIA does not exceed four metres (such machines there is based on tax benefits, local Venue length – 3995 mm). The wheelbase is probably the same (2500 mm). The engine range KIA Sonet, also expected to share with a relative from Hyundai, but maybe not completely. Indian media believe that the common models will be petrol engines: atmospheric “four” Kappa 1.2 (83 HP) and “turbotron” 1.0 T-GDI (120 HP). But diesel Sonet allegedly will go to the local KIA Seltos is the 1.5 CRDi with a return of 115 HP At the Hyundai Venue “aspirated” is combined with 5МКП diesel KIA available with Seltos 6МКП or 6АКП. Cross Hyundai with a 1.0 T-GDI is now offered with 6МКП or seven-speed robotized transmission with two clutches. Drive the new KIA in any case, only the front (as in Venue).

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Crossover Sonet will be cheaper Seltos (from 989 000 13 200 rupees or dollars at the current exchange rate), but will be slightly more expensive Venue (from 670 000 rupees, or $ 9,000). Production will establish at the Indian factory KIA to dealers SUV can get in September.

India will be the first, but not the only market for Sonet, because the Venue and Hyundai sold in Korea and in the States. List of countries where the new KIA is not disclosed.

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