Korean automaker Kia has actually expanded its lineup at an amazing rate in recent years, dealing with many sections that it has ignored in the past. It likewise released increasingly better vehicles in the last decade, to the level that it can now provide more established brand names a run for their cash in Europe and the United States. But Kia isn’t stopping here and now wishes to get in the mini-SUV market. It will do so in late 2017 with the Stonic, a little crossover that will share underpinnings with a similar vehicle from sibling company Hyundai. The Stonic will deal with the similarity the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, signing up with the Sportage and Sorento in the lineup.
Arranged to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017, the Stonic is a small crossover based on the Rio and shares foundations with the small hatchback. It mirrors the Kia inside too, while the exterior obtains various features, blending them with special hints that provides the Stonic an identity of its own. Stylish on the outdoors, contemporary on the within, and packed with the current technology for road-going cars, the Stonic appears to have all the qualities needed by the tiny SUV market and after that some.
2018 Kia Stonic Exterior
The total styling is somewhat motivated by the Rio, with angular headlamps flanking the slender “tigernose” grille. And unlike the Sportage, the headlamps are swept towards the engine hood, however rather extended into the front fenders. This gives the 2018 Kia Stonic a wide, sporty position, but at the very same time it makes it less exotic than its larger sibling. Down below, the bumper features an enormous, trapezoidal grille at the bottom and two vertical inserts around the little foglamps. The shaped engine hood finishes the aggressive looking front end.
2018 Kia Stonic Interior
In all, the 2018 Kia Stonic is a somewhat modified Rio inside the cabin. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of taste, however personally I dig it, merely since I like exactly what Kia has done with the Rio’s brand-new interior. Kia also provides various active security features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian acknowledgment and Forward Collision Alert, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, High Beam Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.
2018 Kia Stonic Engine
Full drivetrain specifications aren’t yet available, but Kia did state that the 2018 Kia Stonic will show up with a range of “lightweight, scaled down, turbocharged fuel and diesel engines, each coupled with a manual transmission.”
2018 Kia Stonic Price and Release Date
Prices details is not yet available, however since the 2018 Kia Stonic will take on the Nissan Juke, search for a comparable sticker label. For reference, the Juke starts from ₤ 14,880 in the U.K. and from $20,250 in the U.S. There’s no main word on whether the Stonic will be sold in the United States, but it ought to cross the pond at some time. European sales will commence in the third quarter of 2017 and all cars will be offered as standard with the company’s seven-year or 100,000-mile service warranty.
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