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Coming to SA? India gets up close to latest KIA models

  • Sonet concept – modern, dynamic, bold compact SUV
  • Seltos X-Line Concept -a bolder variant
  • KIA Carnival premium to sell in India
COMING SOON FOR SOUTH AFRICA?: Concept from KIA – the Sonet compact SUV at Auto Expo India 2020. Image: KIA Motors

DELHI, India – KIA Motors subsidiary in India has unveiled a Sonet compact SUV at Auto Expo 2020 India to be further developed ahead of its scheduled launch in India in the second half of 2020.

It certainly ticks all The Corner’s boxes.

The Korean automaker says this the third product offering from KIA Motors in India, following the introduction of the Carnival MPV (Grand Sedona in SA) in February 2020.

The cute little buggy – cars KIA does so well – is intended to appeal to lifestyle techies.

KIA SONET. Image: KIA Motors

KIA says the car has ”several first-in-class features”. Among them are ”head-turning” looks that include the signature KIA tiger’s nose grille, daytime running lights and wide rear signature lighting.

The cabin is tuned for the modern social media set: 26cm infotainment and navigation system with UVO Connect, a Bose premium audio system, and an ”intelligent” manual transmission.

The cabin is described as ”best-in-class” with ”first-in-class” passenger space and features.

SHOO THE MEERKAT: A touch of South Africa for India. Image: KIA Motors

”The Sonet,” KIA says, is a testament to KIA’s focus on consumer insight-driven product innovation and orientation. It previews a future compact SUV, due to launch (in India) in the second half of 2020.”

Go nag your local dealer in South Africa…


KIA also revealed what it described as ”the rugged” new Seltos X-Line Concept, a bolder reinterpretation of the Seltos SUV. The X-Line has a more assertive front design ”with a futuristic radiator grille”.

”Further modifications,” KIA adds, ”have been made to the front and rear bumpers to make it look more distinguished as well as a prominent belly plate, roof rack, and all-terrain-inspired body panels.”

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KIA is showing India 14 products from its global portfolio, among them crossovers and electric vehicles such as the Soul and Niro, as well as the KIA XCeed and KIA Stonic.


A touch of the brand’s close association with South Africa came from Shoo the Meerkat whose images are guiding visitors around the KIA pavilion. In addition a‘Me with the Meerkat’ selfie zone lets visitors exercise their selfie skills with special Meerkat and Tiger AR selfie filters.

A separate zone exhibits KIA’s more futuristic ‘connected car’ technologies, such as UVO Connect and Smart-Konnect. A DRIVE WiSE virtual reality experience will take visitorsl through the past, present, and future of mobility.

KIA SONET: Image: KIA Motors






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