The all-new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover has made its debut, arriving hot on the heels of the related Hyundai Kona. The Stonic follows the automaker’s corporate design blueprint, sporting sculpted surfaces, sharp lines and the automaker’s recognizable ‘tiger nose’ grille. A unique two-tone exterior paint scheme helps set it apart from other entries in the segment and will be offered in 20 different color combinations from launch.
Available engines include Kia’s 118-horsepower 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine, 1.25- and 1.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines and a 1.6-liter diesel, all of which come standard with a manual transmission. A variety of advanced safety systems are also offered including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
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Kia says the Stonic’s cabin “places technology and ergonomics at its heart.” Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while optional extras include heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry. Kia also claims the cabin offers class-leading shoulder room, “generous” leg and head room and a sizeable 352-liter two-step trunk floor. Customers will have the option to personalize the interior similar to the exterior, with Kia offering a wide variety of bright color packs.
“The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly expanding class, backed by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design,” said Kia Motors Europe boss Michael Cole. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.”
As with all other Kia vehicles, the Stonic will be backed by the automaker’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The crossover will arrive at dealers in the third quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but details should become available as its arrival nears.