Kia’s crossover lineup will soon expand even more with the introduction of the upcoming Sonet. Last month, the Korean automaker only released one photo of the small crossover with most details still hidden in the shadows. Now, we get to a better look at the details of the Kia Sonet. Even better, they even included a preview of the cabin.
From the new sketches, the Sonet sure looks like one of those remote-controlled toys kids (or the young at heart) would play with. It has large wheels wrapped in rugged tires fitted onto a small crossover body. Design-wise, it features all of Kia’s signature styling cues: from the tiger-nose grille up front to the full-width LED taillights. It looks quite aggressive and rugged too with large intake vents on the bumper, an integrated diffuser at the rear, and black cladding all around.
Apart from its design, these new sketches show how small the Sonet will be. If these renders are accurate, the rear doors alone make it look like an adult would barely fit. With that in mind, imagine its trunk/cargo space…or whatever’s left of it.
While the outside might be small, the interior is big on features. Kia says the cabin features a minimalist design trimmed in high-quality materials. Front and center is the 10.25-inch HD touchscreen and navigation system with UVO Connected technologies. In front of the driver sits a digital instrument cluster. Other interior features include steering wheel-mounted controls and selectable drive and traction modes.
At the moment, Kia has not revealed any details about the Sonet’s powertrain just yet. Considering that it has different drive and traction modes, the small crossover may have all-wheel drive.
The Sonet is set to debut later this week - August 7 - in India. It won’t be too long now before we get to see the small crossover in the metal. As much as it would be cool to look like a small toy, expect it to be toned down as a production model. Will it make its way to the Philippines? Could it replace the Picanto as Kia's smallest offering, much like what Suzuki did when they replaced the Alto with the funkier S-Presso? Everything's up for speculation, so your guess is as good as ours.