Kia Sonet 2020: New Mazda CX-3 rival detailed

Kia’s new Sonet SUV has broken cover in India, with the brand peeling the covers off its new baby Seltos as the Auto Expo 2020.

While the Sonet – revealed here in concept form – is so far confirmed for an Indian launch in the second half of 2020, the brand says it will be a new “global compact SUV”, suggesting more countries will come on board.

To that end, Kia has told media there is no immediate plan to launch the Sonet here, but has also quietly trademarked the name in Australia, registering it with the Government’s IP Office on December 19.

Details remain thin on the ground for now, but we do know the Sonet – which will go up against cars like the Hyundai Venue and Mazda CX-3 – is targeting a younger demographic that is “always connected to the world”, and so the cabin tech is first class. 

The Sonet gets a huge 10.25-inch infotainment screen which, like all Kia product, will likely be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped. There’s also a Bose-branded stereo, and the brand is promising “best-in-class interior space”.

While there’s no word yet on what will be powering the Sonet, we do know that Kia is promoting an “intelligent manual transmission”.  Reports out of India suggest the production version will be fitted with a choice of 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol or a 1.5-litre diesel.