Following the reveal of the Hyundai Kona last week; Kia surprises us with the 2018 Kia Stonic, their version of the B-segment crossover ahead of its rumored debut next month.
Going over the vehicle, the Stonic is based on the same platform as the new Rio. Unlike the Rio, the Stonic does take advantage of a raised ride height. There are also black plastic cladding that run the length of the Stonic matched with blacked roof rails, giving it a more rugged look.
Overall, Kia seems to have remained faithful to the original design sketches released albeit toned down for the production version. The front fascia showcases the latest iteration of Kia's tiger-nose grill, which is flanked by a pair of high-mounted projector headlights. Right below the grill is the center air dam, which is separated by a small gap.
Looking at the rear, it also tells a similar story by remaining faithful to the design sketches. Although Kia has decided to ditch the dual exit exhaust, the high-mounted tail lights remain. To make the Stonic more eye-catching, Kia offers the Stonic with 20 two-tone color combinations, with up to 5 distinct colors for the roof.
Inside, the Stonic is said to “maximize interior space for all occupants” by offering class-leading shoulder room. At the same time, it gives occupants a more space inside by having a “generous leg- and head-room.” To keep the occupants entertained, the Stonic comes with Kia's latest touchscreen infotainment system which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
The Stonic comes with four different engine options in Europe, and may vary per region. Currently, the engine options available include – a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 120 PS, a 1.25-liter engine similarly found on the Picanto, and a 1.4-liter engine. A 1.6-liter diesel is also available, which Kia says is the least polluting out of the four. Though there is no official detail released, based on the interior photo, the Stonic will come with a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission.
Keeping passengers safe, buyers can opt to spec their vehicles with a selection of Kia's DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to enhance active safety. The technology includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System.
The 2018 Kia Stonic is intended to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year.