Kia reveals the all-new Stonic compact-SUV in a series of sketches.
Here’s your first look at Kia’s first ever compact-SUV. Billed as the Stonic, the compact crossover is based on the Rio hatchback and will go on sale in European markets in the second half of 2017, confirmed Kia. Of course, you won’t be seeing it in our market anytime soon, but given Kia’s product strategy for the Indian market, the Stonic is definitely going to be one of the first three product launches by the brand, as and when it starts sales operations in India - tentatively Kia should be here by 2020.
The official images that Kia has sent across show the Stonic in conceptual stage. There are, however, enough hints to suggest that the Stonic is going to retain typical Kia traits in the way it’s going to look. For instance, the front fascia flaunts Kia’s signature “tiger-nose grille” and sleek LED headlights. The massive front splitter, strong character lines, flared wheel arches and the prominent skid plate at the back are some of the SUV-ish bits that will help make it look sportier. Don’t expect the production version to have those massive wheels, though.
Kia has also revealed an interior shot of the Stonic. It runs a similar theme as the Rio hatchback with minor tweaks here and there - like orange accents around the gear lever. There's also a large floating central screen that will come with smartphone connectivity options.
There’s no news on Stonic’s powertrain options as yet, but since it’s based on the Rio, it may share the powertrains with the hatchback as well. This would mean it will come fitted with petrol and diesel engines, ranging between 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre.
More details will be out during the official unveiling of the Kia Stonic, which is reportedly going take place at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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