PUNE: Kia Motors India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation, today revealed that its all-new smart urban compact SUV, the Kia Sonet, has generated an overwhelming response, with a record 6,523 bookings on the very first day. Prospective customers were able to book the car online at the official Kia Motors India website www.kia.com/in and via the company’s robust countrywide dealership network by paying an initial booking amount of INR 25,000.
Mr. Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Kia Motors India said, “The tremendous response to the all-new Sonet, proves that there is never a bad time to launch a good product. It also shows that the faith of Indian consumers in Brand Kia has grown leaps and bounds over just one year of our operation in India. With the Sonet, we offer customers a product that boasts world-class quality, powerful design, cutting-edge technology, unparalleled features and a staggering variety of options. I would like to assure the customers that Kia Motors is fully committed to delivering their Sonet in the least time possible with our Anantpur plant operating with optimum efficiency.”
Manufactured at Kia’s state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, made in India for the world, the Sonet boasts Kia’s unique DNA of emotive styling along with a premium and youthful appeal to create a strong road presence. The Sonet sets new benchmarks in the Indian automobile industry with its high-quality interiors, 30+ segment-best features, and a wide choice of powertrains. The sophisticated Sonet also comes equipped with Kia’s signature UVO Connect suite of technologies, with a range of 57 features for owners offering convenience, remote control, navigation, safety, security, and vehicle management. This also includes Kia’s UVO Voice Assist feature, which response to the greeting, “Hello, Kia.”
One of the most anticipated car launches of 2020, the Sonet is being offered in a dual trim concept of Tech Line and GT-Line with multiple powertrain options to suit virtually all requirements in this segment. Between the five variants in the Tech Line – HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+ – Sonet customers can choose from a compelling array of features, many of which are segment firsts. For those who want that additional dash of sportiness in their Sonet, the GT-Line’s GTX+ trim is loaded with an unmatched list of features that elevate the driving and ownership experience to the next level.
A choice of two gasoline engines – a versatile Smartstream 1.2-litre four-cylinder and powerful 1.0 T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) – and efficient 1.5-liter CRDi diesel engines are available with a choice of five transmissions. This includes five and six-speed manuals, and intuitive seven-speed DCT, first in segment six-speed automatic, and Kia’s revolutionary new six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). The latter is a technological breakthrough offering fatigue-free driving with its clutch pedal-less gearbox yet giving the same driver control as a conventional manual transmission.
In addition to this, the Kia Sonet comes loaded with multiple segment-first features offering complete comfort, convenience, safety, and optimum driving pleasure to customers. This includes:
It also comes comprehensively equipped with an array of safety features, including six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and BA (brake assist) and more.
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