Kia reveals its Stonic small SUV

  • Kia reveals its Stonic small SUV

Kia reveals its Stonic small SUV

Kia has unveiled the 2018 Kia Stonic - another new entry in the crowded subcompact crossover segment.

The all-new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover has made its debut, arriving hot on the heels of the related Hyundai Kona.

Despite having a lot in common with the Kona, Kia has imbued the Stonic with a different character altogether. The Stonic follows the automaker's corporate design blueprint, sporting sculpted surfaces, sharp lines and the automaker's recognizable "tiger nose" grille. A targa-style roof painted in a different color than the rest of the Stonic's body reminds us a bit of the Soul. There will be 20 two-tone colour combinations available in Europe, with the roof available in five distinctive colours.

The Kia Stonic will be available in four engines, comprising a 1.0-litre T-GDI, 1.25-litre MPI, 1.4-litre MPI and a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Starting with the small 1.0L with a tiny 116 horsepower to 1.25- or 1.4-liter engines. Those in need of a diesel can specify a 1.6-litre engine carried over from the larger Kia Cee'd, rather than the Rio supermini.

"By volume, the B-SUV market is expected to overtake the C-SUV segment by 2020, when more than one in ten new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic's segment. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs". The model will come with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers can also add the latest electronic driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning, automatic braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic warning.

Not due to go on sale in the United Kingdom and Europe until later on this year, the Kona is due to go on sale in Korea this month, and this Kona video highlights just how much this compact urban SUV has to offer.