Just a few days after the Hyundai Kona made its global debut this June, Kia will soon be debuting the Kona's sibling, the Stonic. In fact, according to The Investor, the Stonic is set to make its global debut next month. 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.”
Our spies have already seen the Stonic going around for testing, but unsurprisingly is covered in heavy camouflage. The only official images we have of the upcoming B-segment crossover are the design sketches released by Kia. However, it has been reported that the Stonic will borrow similar features from the Kona – such as the platform and engine options. It will likely feature its own design cue.
Kia has yet to release other details regarding the Stonic. Given their use of the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, it is likely that they will share the same power plant. Currently, the engine options on the Kona are either a 2.0-liter inline four engine which produces 149 PS and 178 Nm of torque or a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which puts out 177 PS and 265 Nm. Apart from the two engine options, The Investor also reports that Kia is planning to launch an electric version of the Stonic next year.
With a release date announced for next month, expect the Kia Stonic to take to the stands at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Stonic is expected to go on sale sometime in 2018.
Source: The Investor