Production of the Kia Sonet is slated to commence in the third quarter of CY2020, followed by the market launch either in the third quarter or fourth quarter (around Diwali festive season which is mid-November).
Kia has chalked out a sales target of 70,000 units a year for the upcoming compact SUV in year one.
India will be the sole production base in the world for the Sonet and that there’s huge export potential for the snazzy compact SUV.
In Q1 2020, the Indian operations have contributed 5.5% to total global revenues.
Sonet will share its platform and basic mechanicals with the Hyundai Venue.
The Sonet will have three engine options – a 1.2 petrol, a 1.0 turbo-petrol and a 1.5 diesel – which are the same units seen in the Hyundai Venue.
Gearbox choices are also expected to be the same as the Venue, with the 1.2-petrol getting a 5-speed manual, the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-diesel getting a 6-speed manual and the former will also likely get a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox.
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