Grand Motors has finally revealed the much-anticipated smart urban compact SUV, Kia Sonet, to the Bruneian market recently at its showroom in Beribi.

The Kia Sonet is a new player in the fast-growing SUV segment. It is completely new, developed and engineered from the ground-up by Kia’s global R&D team. 

The compact and stylish SUV also aims to set new design benchmarks and inject new dynamism in the compact SUV segment.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Sonet is a testament to the Korean automaker’s focus on consumer insight-driven product innovation and orientation, targeting the young generation who are tech-savvy, aspirational and highly connected socially.

The SUV 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.  

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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

Wild by Design Exterior

Following in the footsteps of its stylish sibling the Kia Seltos, the Sonet injects a perfect dose of ruggedness and refinement into its design.

Wild by design is the tagline for the Sonet, it incorporates Kia’s DNA of emotive styling along with a premium and youthful appeal to create a strong road presence. 

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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

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

The SUV comes in a wide range of colours that draw eyes to it the moment it drives by.  Customers can choose from Steel Silver, Glacier White Pearl, Intense Red, Beige Gold, Gravity Gold, Gravity Gray, Intelligence Blue. 

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The SUV further ante up the exterior with its two-tone colour scheme that is available in a variety of striking colours giving the car a bit more personality and youthfulness.

Convenience and comfort

As you enter the car, the five-seater has a surprisingly ample interior and ergonomic space for all passengers given its compact exterior dimensions.

The SUV benefits from its unconventional design providing both driver and passengers excellent vision, a spacious interior comfortably seating five passengers and large luggage space.

The interior of 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. 

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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

The compact SUV also comes complete with technology that really speaks to the younger consumer. 

This includes an 8-inch infotainment screen that comes with Bluetooth where you can conveniently plug in your mobile devices and access your music and phone calls.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Not only that, but the Kia Sonet also comes with a wireless smartphone charger and multiple USB charging ports, making life easier on the road.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Passengers can also enjoy the sound quality of the sensational sound quality from the 7-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System.

To further stylise the interior, the Sonet also comes with the LED sound mood lighting. The mood lighting lets you choose from different colours, creating an ambience to match their every mood and music.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Power and safety

The all-new Kia Sonet will be powered by a versatile 1.5-liter Smartstream engine with a 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 pleasure for enthusiasts.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The SUV features numerous safety features that feature Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Parking Assist System (Front and rear), Rear View Monitor, Driver and Passenger Airbags and many more.

All and all, the all-new Kia Sonet is a great value for money offering the perfect mix of style, sportiness and spaciousness. A truly capable all-rounder.

To see the vehicle up close, visit their showroom in Beribi or call them at 2613888 or follow their Instagram @kiabrunei for updates.

The all new Kia Sonet. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

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This article was first published on January 9, 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 123

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN 

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