The South Korean automaker has taken the wraps off its smallest SUV to date – the Stonic – during an event in Amsterdam and will be selling it before the end of the year.
According to the insights provided by the Korean manufacturer, 21% of buyers are currently upsizing from a hatchback into the crossover market, meaning the new Stonic has enough room in the fierce subcompact SUV segment, where the Nissan Juke was once the only option. Using the same platform as the new Rio, the Kia Stonic is going to share the segment with the Hyundai Kona – but it won’t snatch its customers because it uses a more traditional design. Plastci body cladding is here to show it has some rough credentials, as well as enhanced practicality thanks to the contrasting roof rails. Design wise, the Stonic uses the latest version of the brand’s ‘tiger nose’ grille – while personalization preferences can have about 20 different two-tone color combinations.
The interior is apparently offering class-leading shoulder room and the center console is home to Kia’s latest touchscreen infotainment display, standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -while in the back there’s a 352-liter trunk. In Europe, the Stonic is offered from the get go with four engines: new turbocharged 1.0-liter packing 116 horsepower, a 1.25-liter from the Picanto and a 1.4-liter – while the diesel side is represented by a 1.6-liter unit. Kia’s DRiVE WISE ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are keeping things in check with Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure, High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning.