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Kia Sonet GTX+ Trim added with 7DCT & 6AT automatic transmission, priced INR 12.89 lakh

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Last week, South Korean carmaker Kia launched the brand’s third product in the Indian market, the Kia Sonet compact SUV with a starting price of INR 6.71 lakh ex-showroom. The brand offers the Sonet in 15 different trim options but they are mainly divided into the ‘Tech Line and ‘GT Line’. 

The fully loaded GT Line variant comes with a fully-loaded GTX+ trim in Turbo-Petrol and Diesel WGT (Wastegate Turbocharger). But the brand only revealed the prices on the iMT Clutch-Pedal-less intelligent manual transmission on the turbo-petrol and the 6-speed manual transmission on the diesel engine. Now the brand has launched the GTX+ Turbo-Petrol with a 7-speed DCT and GTX+ Diesel with a 6-speed torque converter automatic in the GT Line. Both the petrol and diesel top-spec trims are priced at INR 12.89 lakh ex-showroom, India. With the new additions, the Kia Sonet’s already vast portfolio has been expanded by two more options. Compared to their manual GTX+ counterparts, if iMT is considered to be manual, the new automatic transmission versions are INR 90,000 more expensive in both the petrol and diesel versions. As compared to the HTK+ 7DCT Turbo-Petrol the new GTX+ 7DCT is INR 2.40 lakh more expensive and the top-end HTK+ iMT it is priced INR 1.24 lakh higher. 

Powering the Kia Sonet is a Smartstream 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. A 1.0 T-GDi three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine matched to a clutch-pedal less 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission) or an automatic 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). The Sonet is also offered in two 1.5-litre CRDi diesel (WGT & VGT) matched to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox. 

The Kia Sonet claims the best in the segment fuel efficiency on the Smartstream G1.2 5MT – 18.4 kmpl, G1.0T-GDi 6iMT – 18.2 kmpl, G1.0T-GDi 7DCT – 18.3, D1.5 VGT 6AT – 19.0 kmpl and D1.5 WGT 6MT – 24.1 kmpl.