CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Just more than a year ago Kia SA introduced its all-new Sonet SUV. Since then the automaker says, more than 3500 have been delivered. Now being introduced are 1.0 T-GDi turbocharged models.
They will have a flagship with a non-turbo, 1.5-litre, engine in entry-level LX and mid-tier EX specification to build on the current range and offers a new flagship in EX+ spec.
SMALL ENGINE, BIG POWER
Stephen Crosse, Kia SA’s sales and marketing director, commented: “The Sonet was introduced to SA in April 2021 when global supply chain constraints hampered the Sonet launch with a broader range of engine and transmission options. As some of these constraints weakened sales were able to start so we’re confident of our expectations.
The one-litre T-GDi has is capable of 88kW at 6000rpmi and 172Nm from 1500-4000rpm
The two new 1.0 T-GDI derivatives have a recommended retail price of R359 995 and R389 995 respectably, with the complete range priced as follows:
- Sonet 1.5 LX manual – R296 995
- Sonet 1.5 LX CVT – R317 995
- Sonet 1.5 EX manual – R316 99
- Sonet 1.5 EX CVT – R337 995
- Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX 7DCT – R359 995
- Sonet 1.0 T-GDI EX+ 7DCT – R389 995
Each will be delivered with Kia’s unlimited-kilometres, five-year, warranty (including breakdown assistance) and a prepaid four-year or 60 000km (wcf) service plan. The cars went into showrooms on Monday, July 11, 2022.