The Kia Sonet, now known as a concept under the name QYI, borrowed the platform, transmission and engines from the super-successful Hyundai Venue.
The Indian publication IndianAutosBlog.com has discovered applications for the registration of the Kia Sonet trademark in several countries, which the Korean company considers for itself as key markets. Although it is assumed that the model is primarily intended for the Indian market.
It’s about a 4-meter crossover with an internal factory index QYI, which has already been repeatedly seen when passing test tests on the roads of India. The publication believes that Kia QYI will become a Sonnet in many markets. Generally, it’s in the spirit Kia – use names starting with the letter S (Soul, Stonic, Seltos, Sportage, Sorento and Sedona) for models intended for markets in several countries at once.
The world premiere of Kia QYI, which will be presented in the form of a concept, will be held at the Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi, it has less than two months left. Under what name the car will debut, marketers have to decide in the near future.
It is expected that the Kia Sonet (aka Kia QYI) will be equipped with a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder gasoline engine (83 hp) and a 5-speed manual or a T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine with 120 hp ., which will be aggregated by a 6-speed manual or 7-speed robot. There will also be a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with a capacity of 1.4 liters and a capacity of 90 hp in the range of engines, a pair of which will be a 6-speed manual transmission.
Kia Sonet will be equipped with narrow LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights and an electric sunroof.
Inside, there is an 8-inch infotainment system with a touch screen with satellite navigation and a wireless charger.
But all this is just a guess, for each of the markets the crossover may have its own characteristics. In India, they expect that the Kia Sonet will appear in their form of a production car in the second half of 2020 and will occupy a niche where they are already located. Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Xuv300. As for Russia, the appearance of such a crossover is extremely doubtful for us.
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