Kia will soon join the lucrative B-segment crossover fray with the upcoming Stonic. Set to be revealed in mid 2017 (to be sold as a 2018 model year), the Stonic will be an 'eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair' according to the automaker.
In light of this, the company recently released design sketches of their upcoming crossover.
Combining the words 'speedy' and 'tonic' (which refers to the first and last note in the musical scale), Kia claimed that the new crossover will be agile and offer something new and fresh in the segment. It has a sleek profile that is then contrasted by bulging wheel arches that highlight the crossover's width.
Beyond that, soft curves and sharp angles dominate the entirety of the 2018 Stonic. The front fascia sports an updated 'tiger-nose' grill while swept-up headlights give the crossover a sharp look. Meanwhile, a unique set of taillights and exhaust pipes give the Stonic an aggressive finish.
Inside, the 2018 Stonic gets a simple yet ergonimic dashboard that are spruced up by faux metal accents and brightly colored trim pieces. Dominating the center dash is a new touchscreen infotainment that will support smartphone integration.
Other details about the Stonic have not yet been released but Kia did mention that the Stonic will be their most customizable model to date.
A few months ago, our spies were able to catch the prototype Stonic being tested on public roads. Side-by-side with the design sketches, the prototype crossover does show some similarities.
Engines that may eventually power the upcoming Stonic could come from the all-new Rio.