The rumor mill was spot on – the South Korean automaker will use the “Stonic” nameplate for the upcoming all-new subcompact segment, brother to the Hyundai Kona.
The moniker comes from combining “Speedy” with “Tonic” and is also a reference to the first and last note in the musical scale – as Kia tries to come up with something fresh in the immensely popular and thus highly contested segment where powerhouses such as the Renault Captur as well as the upcoming second-generation Nissan Juke reside. Aside from confirming the moniker everyone knew about, Kia also packed a surprise – the first design sketches of the model. We also know they’re far from reality but can still get a better understanding of what to expect from the high-riding model inside and out.
The subcompact crossover from Kia seems to be the more conventional representative of the group, as opposed to the Hyundai Kona – but we’re also not expecting the automatically retractable door handles and huge exhaust tips at the back or equally engorged alloy wheels to transition to the real world. Kia has so far revealed the Stonic will come with styling elements inspired by the Sportage and Sorento, a sloping roofline and a “uniquely designed” roof rack. The interior looks like the real deal though – especially given the obvious connections with the Rio supermini.