Kia Sonet turns heads with dynamic design

Izah Azahari

The all-new smart urban compact SUV, Kia Sonet, is coming to Brunei Darussalam, brought by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Sultanate.

An unveiling to the Brunei market is set to take place on January 2, 2021 at Kia showrooms nationwide.

The Sonet aims to set new design benchmarks and inject a new dynamism in the compact SUV segment. The vehicle incorporates Kia’s DNA of emotive styling along with a premium and youthful appeal to create a strong road presence.

Displaying a dynamic stance in a confident, compact body, the Sonet showcases a range of styling attributes to make it stand apart on roads around the world.

This includes a fresh interpretation of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, flanked by ‘heart beat’ LED DRLs (daytime running lights), shaped like the electric pulse of a heart, with a stylish front skid plate beneath.

Its sporty silhouette is enhanced by the unique design and structure of its C-pillar, matched with a wraparound rear-windscreen. The ‘heart beat’ LED tail lamps also adorn the rear.

Exterior view of the SUV Kia Sonet. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI
Interior view of the SUV Kia Sonet

Inside, the Sonet is designed around the driver, with a well laid-out, easy-to-use connected infotainment and cluster interface, and high-quality materials all around. Despite compact exterior dimensions, the interior of the Sonet offers ample, ergonomic space for all passengers.

The Sonet will be offered in a versatile 1.5-litre Smartstream engine with six-speed manual transmission/CVT. The Sonet’s dynamics and suspension set-up have been tuned by Kia engineers to match its exuberant design and Kia’s sporty and youthful brand image, offering high driving please for enthusiasts.

What’s more is that the Sonet is loaded with multiple features offering complete comfort, convenience, safety and optimum driving pleasure to customers.

Features include the eight-inch TFT LCD Touch Screen Infotainment System, the BOSE Premium seven-speaker audio with sub-woofer, LED Sound Mood Lighting, Front and Rear Parking Assist System with Rear View Monitor, Multi-drive and traction modes and grip control for automatic models, as well as wireless smartphone charger and multiple USB charging ports.

The Sonet is testament to Kia’s focus on consumer insight-driven product and innovation and orientation. It is targetted towards the young generation who are tech-savvy, aspirational and highly connected socially.

The compact SUV is all-new, developed and engineered from the ground-up by Kia’s global R&D team. It has been built following extensive market research, especially relating to its design, engine and transmission tuning and characteristics, suspension attributes, and the high-tech features it offers.

The Sonet has been through extensive road tests, where engineers in Sonet prototypes covered over 100,000 kilometres across diverse terrain, driving situations, and climatic conditions. The outcome is a compact SUV designed to turn heads on the road, engineered to offer driving pleasure, built to world-leading quality standards, and offered with segment-busting convenience, comfort, safety and features.

With its brand slogan of ‘The Power to Surprise’, Kia Motors strives to identify and fulfil unmet needs and desires of customers in order to offer an unparalleled ownership experience.

Upon launch, the Sonet will stand out not only due to its eye-catching design, but also with its excellent build quality, class-leading features, connectivity innovations, choice of powertrains, and comprehensive safety equipment.