Korean automaker Kia has broadened its lineup at an amazing rate over the last few years, tackling numerous sectors that it has actually overlooked in the past. It also launched progressively much better vehicles in the last decade, to the level that it can now provide more recognized brands a run for their cash in Europe and the United States. But Kia isn’t stopping here and now wishes to enter the mini-SUV market. It will do so in late 2017 with the Stonic, a little crossover that will share underpinnings with a comparable vehicle from sister company Hyundai. The Stonic will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, signing up with the Sportage and Sorento in the lineup.
Scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2017, the Stonic is a small crossover based upon the Rio and shares foundations with the tiny hatchback. It mirrors the Kia inside too, while the exterior borrows various features, mixing them with distinct cues that gives the Stonic an identity of its own. Stylish on the outdoors, modern-day on the within, and packed with the current technology for road-going cars, the Stonic appears to have all the characteristics needed by the small SUV market and after that some.
The overall styling is somewhat influenced by the Rio, with angular headlamps flanking the slender “tigernose” grille. And unlike the Sportage, the headlamps are swept toward the engine hood, but rather stretched into the front fenders. This provides the 2018 Kia Stonic a large, stylish position, however at the exact same time it makes it less unique than its larger brother. Down listed below, the bumper features a massive, trapezoidal grille at the bottom and two vertical inserts around the little foglamps. The shaped engine hood completes the aggressive looking front end.
In all, the 2018 Kia Stonic is a somewhat modified Rio inside the cabin. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of taste, but personally I dig it, merely since I like exactly what Kia has maded with the Rio’s brand-new interior. Kia also uses numerous active security features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian acknowledgment and Forward Collision Alert, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, High Beam Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.
Full drivetrain specifications aren’t yet offered, however Kia did say that the 2018 Kia Stonic will arrive with a variety of “lightweight, scaled down, turbocharged fuel and diesel motor, each coupled with a manual transmission.”
Rates information is not yet offered, but considering that the 2018 Kia Stonic will take on the Nissan Juke, look for a comparable sticker. For referral, the Juke starts from ₤ 14,880 in the U.K. and from $20,250 in the U.S. There’s no main word on whether the Stonic will be sold in the U.S., but it must cross the pond at some point. European sales will start in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and all cars will be sold as standard with the company’s seven-year or 100,000-mile service warranty.