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2021 Kia Sonet to get paddle shifters & more features

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Kia is updating the Sonet compact SUV in the Indian market. The Sonet will now come with the new ‘KIA’ logo featuring the MovementThatInspires theme. The brand has also updated the 7DCT model with a new steering-mounted paddle shift system. This makes the new Sonet sportier than before. Images of the new Kia Sonet have been leaked on the internet before its launch. The updated model will make its debut very soon in India.

New Logo

The Kia Sonet in the new avatar features the new KIA logo that will come on all future Kia vehicles. In India, Kia will be updating the Sonet, the Seltos and the Carnival in the near future. According to Kia, the new logo is a handwritten gesture and symbolises the company’s commitment towards realising inspiration for future products. The new logo features a rhythmic as well as symmetric design with upward strokes that denote the rising spirit of the brand. Kia Motor Corporation unveiled the logo at the beginning of 2021 using 303 pyro drones that launched several fireworks creating the new logo over the sky of Incheon, South Korea.

Changes in the 2021 Sonet

Leaked images show that the 2021 Kia Sonet will come with new paddle shifters on the steering wheel. This is likely to be available on the Turbo-Petrol engine with the DCT gearbox option and the 6AT gearbox which comes with the diesel engine. The brand could be shuffling the trims of the Kia Sonet as reported earlier. The HTX variant will be introduced with both turbo-petrol engine and diesel engine options. The HTX trim will also be offered with alloy wheels and both HTX and GTX+ with 7DCT and 6AT will come with paddle shifters.

Leaked documents reveal that the HTK+ iMT model will also come with a sunroof. The turbo-petrol and diesel engine will also come with a remote engine start as well as a push-button start. Both HTX 7DCT and 6AT will come with Traction modes and Drive modes. UVO equipped models will also feature Hello Kia with the sunroof open using voice command. Models upwards of HTX will also come with a sunshade curtain. The brand will also upgrade safety features such as ESC, BA, VSM and HAC on HTX, HTX+ and GTX+ variants.

Kia Sonet Engine Specifications

Powering the Sonet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This naturally-aspirated engine makes 83 PS of power. The second options is a 1.0 turbo-petrol motor that makes 120 PS of power. There are also two diesel engine options, a 1.5-litre CRDi diesel motor that makes 100 PS of power and another 115 PS oil motor. The Sonet features a range of gearbox options, a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox, a  7-speed DCT automatic (Dual Clutch Transmission) and a clutch-pedal less 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission).

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