Kia's Cheapest SUV Costs Less Than $10,000

Kia's smallest SUV, which will be fully declassified in early February, is shown in official images for the first time.

The closest relative of the new model is the Hyundai Venue.

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The company has currently shown two sketches, which allow you to study the design of the new Kia model in detail. The new car is likely to be named as the Kia Sonet.

This is fully in line with the Korean brand's model naming strategy, where almost all SUV start with an S: Kia Stonic, Kia Seltos, Kia Sportage, and Kia Sorento. The exceptions are the hybrid (or all-electric) Kia Niro and the full-size Kia Telluride, which opens up a new segment for the company.

The compact SUV looks quite brutal and demonstrates the company’s new style. Certainly, a signature radiator grille with a characteristic shape will allow you to quickly identify the new model as Kia’s. But the rest of the design is quite unique. This will help distinguish the low-cost Kia SUV from other models of the company.

The front bumper has large air intakes, decorative chrome elements, new headlights and bold daytime running lights. Taillights, however, are integrated by an LED strip in the latest fashion.

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Original C-pillars, which creates an unusual glazing effect, can be called the key element of the new design. In general, the Korean brand intends to surprise everyone in the segment of low-cost compact SUVs with its own design.

It is expected that in addition to the platform of the Hyundai Verna, the new model will borrow a set of powertrains from its relative. This will affect a 1.2-liter petrol engine (naturally aspirated, 83 hp) and another 1.0-liter petrol unit (turbo, 120 hp). A 1.5-liter diesel powertrain (115 hp) is also expected.

The new Kia Sonnet will be less than 4 m in length and will have a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. The car will go into production this year. The new model, the base price of which may be at the level of $9,500, will be released in late 2020 or early 2021.

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