The noticeable changes include a new front bumper and headlamp assembly. While the core headlamp cluster maintains its shape, there’s a novel drop-down element that extends into the bumper, featuring revised LED DRLs and Fog lamps.
Judging by the bumper design, the this appears to be an HT Line variant, which comes with a slightly revamped faux skid plate and mesh for the central air intake. The GT-Line variants may sport different bumper designs. Kia has also made updates to the grille inserts, although the overall shape remains consistent.
In terms of the side profile, there are new alloy wheels, which may vary between the HT-Line and GT-Line trims. The rear features wraparound tail lamps have been replaced with new vertical units that are connected by an LED light bar. Additionally, a sturdier rear bumper with a dual-tone black and silver finish has been incorporated into the design.
The leakers didn’t gave us a look at the inside, however, a previous spy shots by an youtuber reveals that it’ll feature slightly updated switchgear for the HVAC control, and all-new digital instrument cluster borrowed from the Hyundai Venue. Additionally, the upcoming Sonet will feature dual-tone brown colour seat upholstery, and armrest for the rear seats.
With the facelift update, we expect Kia to add new features with some confirmed features upon spotting like 360 Surround View Camera, 2-zone climate control, 6 airbags as standard, powered driver seats, Sequential Indicators, and possibly ADAS which would be similar as the Hyundai Venue.
In Engine Options, we've 3 options – 1.2 L 4 Cylinder Petrol producing 81.80 BHP and 115 NM of torque mated to 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, the 1.0 L 3 Cylinder Turbo Petrol generating 118 BHP, and 172 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed IMT, and 7 Speed DCT Gearbox, and lastly, the 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Diesel producing 115 BHP and 250 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed IMT, and Automatic Gearbox. It’s unlikely they’ll make any changes to the powertrains.
In Safety, we expect the Sonet Facelift to have features like 6 Airbags standard, TPMS, 360 Surround View Camera, and possibly ADAS like the Hyundai Venue's mild ADAS.