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Launch of the new Kia Sonet 7-seater SUV in Indonesia

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The Indonesian-spec 7-seater Kia Sonet is 120mm longer than the SUV sold in India and it comes with the addition of a third row and a slide-and-tilt folding function for the second row seats.


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Dubbed the Kia Sonet 7, the new SUV retains the design and style of the 5-seater Sonet

Kia Motors presented a 7-seater version of its popular Sonet compact SUV in Indonesia. Dubbed the Kia Sonet 7, the new SUV retains the design and style of the 5-seater Sonet sold in India, but Kia lengthened it slightly to accommodate the third row. Interestingly, the 5-seater and 7-seater models sold in Indonesia are over 4 meters long. Both models of the Indonesian specification Sonet are 4120mm long, which is 125mm longer than the Indian specification Sonet. However, the width, height and wheelbase remain unchanged at 1790mm, 1642mm and 2500mm, respectively.

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Like the exterior, the cabin design also remains similar to that of the 5-seater Kia Sonet, however, there are two big highlights when it comes to the seating arrangement. First, there’s a new 50:50 split third-row seat that can be fully folded to create a larger luggage space of 392 liters. Second, the second row seat, which is split at 60:40, has tumble fold and upholstery features for easy third row access.

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The cabin styling of the Kia Sonet 7 is identical to that of the 5-seater model but it comes with an additional third row

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In terms of features, however, the list remains unchanged. The new Sonet 7 comes with the same 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO connected car technology, wireless charger, ventilated front seats, Bose audio system, rear air vents, car monitoring system. tire pressure and driving modes with traction control, among other features. The SUV is now also equipped with roof-mounted air vents for the third row passengers.

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The second row of seats in the Kia Sonet 7 comes with one-touch folding and upholstery functions, as well as roof-mounted air vents

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The Kia Sonet 7 sold in Indonesia comes in four variants – Standard, Smart, Dynamic and Premier, however, no GT-Line version is offered as it is an exclusive feature in India at the moment. Both versions are powered by the same 1.5-liter Smartstream petrol engine which is tuned to produce 113 hp at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 144 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Transmission tasks are carried out either by a 6-speed manual gearbox or by an intelligent variable transmission unit (iVT). At the moment, there is no indication that the 7-seater Sonet will arrive in India, at least not anytime soon.

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