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Specs and pricing: All-new KIA Sonet introduced in SA

- PRITESH RUTHUN pritesh.ruthun@inl.co.za

SAID to be manufactur­ed to the highest quality standards at its state-ofthe-art production facility at Anantapur, India, the KIA Sonet is the South Korean brand’s all-new smart urban compact SUV, marking the brand’s entry into the burgeoning B-SUV segment in South Africa.

“With its sporty, eye-catching design language, fun-to-drive dynamics and the high-quality features we are renowned for, the all-new Sonet puts an exclamatio­n point on our ambition to make KIA the brand of choice for trendy urbanites,” says Gary Scott, chief executive, KIA South Africa. “The Sonet fulfils an important role in KIA’s local line-up, and is well positioned to attract a large number of customers who value design, comfort and quality.”

The Sonet is all-new, developed and engineered from the ground-up jointly between KIA Motors India and the company’s global R&D headquarte­rs in Namyang.

“The B-SUV segment is continuall­y growing and evolving, with strong competitio­n from multiple brands. This segment is a launchpad for consumers actively upgrading their lifestyle, whether because of a notable life change, or a desire to see more, do more and experience more,” says Stephen Crosse, sales and marketing director, KIA South Africa. “We’re confident that these consumers, keen to start their SUV life, will be attracted to the complete package the Sonet represents.”

Specificat­ion breakdown and pricing: ENGINE:

The Sonet is offered with a new engine for the South African market: a fuel-efficient naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine that boasts outputs of 85kW of power at 6 300rpm and 144Nm of torque at 4 500rpm.

GEARBOX: Customers have a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuous­ly variable transmissi­on (CVT). Two trim levels will be available with both transmissi­on options.

Feature highlights on the entry-level KIA Sonet LX derivative­s

include:

20cm infotainme­nt screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Remote central locking Air-conditioni­ng

Bluetooth

Rear-view camera

KIA Sonet EX models gain the following on top of LX specificat­ion:

Rear park distance control

Front fog lights

KIA Sonet South African recommende­d retail prices:

Sonet 1.5 LX Manual – R264 995 Sonet 1.5 LX CVT – R285 995 Sonet 1.5 EX Manual – R284 995 Sonet 1.5 EX CVT – R305 995

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 ??  ?? 2021 KIA Sonet has just gone on sale in South Africa.
2021 KIA Sonet has just gone on sale in South Africa.

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