Kia Stonic Crossover Arrives Hot On The Heels Of Hyundai Kona

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Lee Hyong-keun, Kia Motors Vice Chairman, told reporters that the Stonic will be unveiled in July, and that "We hope (Hyundai) does well first".

Hot on the heels of last week's reveal of the Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV comes a similar model from sister brand Kia: the Stonic.

Due for launch in Q3, the Stonic is likely to become one of Kia's best-selling cars. Design sketches released by Kia reveal the car's chunky, Rio-inspired look and intricate rear light clusters.

Kia has gone the other way with the Stonic, emphasising rather than minimising the roof's connection to the rest of the vehicle, by creating what it refers to as a "targa"-style roof".

Based on the Rio supermini platform, the Stonic features familiar Kia styling, such as the "tiger nose" grille, and will bring a "Targa"-style roof that enables buyers to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept". There's also plenty of infotainment on offer, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard - accessed through what Kia calls a "floating" human-machine-interface - as well as heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry on the options list. These aspects, together with Kia's class-leading seven-year warranty, should mean you'll see a fair few Stonics around when it arrives in the United Kingdom later this year.

Specifications for the United States are yet to be announced but in other markets the Stonic will be available with a choice of gasoline engines ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 liters in displacement. The petrol engines range from a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre naturally aspirated units to a 1-litre turbocharged unit while the diesel engine will be a 1.6-litre unit. New technology includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, blind-spot monitor, cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning.

Kia says the Stonic will go on sale in the third quarter of 2017, and we expect it to be priced from around £14,000 when it does so.



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