Based on Hyundai Kona’s platform, the new Kia Stonic will rival Nissan Juke and Honda HRV in global markets.
Days after Kia released design sketches of Kia Stonic crossover, the vehicle has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Going against the likes of Nissan Juke & Hyundai Kona in the segment, the Stonic crossover will be launched in the UK markets by the end of this year. Internationally, it will be slotted between Sportage and Sorento models in the company’s line-up. As claimed by Kia, this Rio-inspired model is by far the most customisable vehicle from the company. To make visually appealing, Kia has added new elements including the dual tone exterior colour scheme which will be offered with as many as 20 different dual-tone colour schemes with five unique shades for the roof.
The styling on the Stonic is aggressive featuring ‘tiger nose’ grille up front and sweptback headlamps. Based on the Rio hatchback, the crossover receives new bits that give it a separate identity. That said, the side profile sports sharp creases and kinks near the door sill. The upward window line is another highlight on the crossover, whereas the body cladding further accentuates the rugged look. In addition, the metal skid plates are present in front as well as rear. Some bits, like the ‘targa’ style roof loop is reminiscent of the Provo coupe concept that was revealed in 2013.
Insides are heavily inspired by Rio with similar looking dashboard and switchgear. The company will ostensibly also offer multiple colour options on the inside. In terms of features, the select variants in the line-up will benefit from the 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with support from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While there will be generous room for the occupants, the vehicle will also get a two-step floor that will enable expanding the luggage compartment further or shrink it if required.
Engine choices on the international model will include Kia’s new 1.0-litre turbocharged, three pot T-GDI unit with 118bhp power. In addition to the above mill, it will also be offered with a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated units. Besides, there will be a 1.6-litre oil burner as well. It is to be noted that the carline will miss out on the AWD drivetrain.
Armed to teeth, the crossover will feature heated front seats, keyless entry, automatic cruise control among others. While on the safety front, it will pack autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition and forward collision alert, rear-cross traffic alert system, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, driver attention alert and blind spot detection etc.
The crossover will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, while the launch could take place towards the end of this year. It is quite early to comment whether this crossover will make its way to Indian market. Media reports suggest that the Stonic will be launched in India in 2018-19. A possible debut at the Auto Expo 2018 can’t be ignored. Read More – Kia Rio Sedan India Launch, Price, Specs
|Minimum (Expected)||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum (Expected)||Rs 15 lakh|
Media reports suggest that Kia will launch the sub-4 metre version of this SUV in India. This will help the company to price it competitively. Likely to be positioned against the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Stonic could be priced between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. We believe that the Stonic will not make its way to Indian market, and if it comes to India, it will cost around Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Read More – Kia Picanto hatchback might come to India
|Engine||1.0L to 1.4-litre||1.4L U2 CRDi|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & Automatic||6-speed manual|
Sharing platform with the Rio twins, the Stonic will also borrow its engine specs from the smaller sibling. The petrol range of the SUV starts with a 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged gasoline direct injection that produces 118bhp, while the other petrol engines include a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated MPI units. The SUV could also get a new 1.6-litre diesel engine. Both manual and automatic versions of the car could make its way to Indian market. Only front wheel drive version will be on offer, and it won’t have 4-wheel-drive version.
In India, the Stonic could share its engine lineup with the Hyundai Elite i20. While the petrol version could get a 1.2-litre unit, the oil burner is likely to be a 1.4-litre unit.
Electronic Stability Control
Vehicle stability management
Torque vectoring by braking
Straight line stability
Cornering brake control
Touchscreen infotainment system
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
Heated front seats
352-litres boot space
Advanced driver assistance systems
Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
Forward collision alert
Blind spot detection
Lane depature warning system
Based on the Hyundai Kona’s platform, the Kia Stonic gets a more crossover-ish design language. The front design seems sharp and sporty, equipped with Kia’s familiar grille design finished in a shade of satin grey and front lip. It gets semi clamshell-like bonnet, while the headlamp seems shared from larger Kia SUVs. The SUV has tiger nose grille and swept back headlamps similar to other Kia cars, but the company has made some changes to make it look different from the Rio hatchback. The side profile looks similar to the other SUVs in the market, featuring a smaller greenhouse area. It gets sharp creases and kinks around door sills. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels. There is plastic cladding around pronounced wheel arches along with side skirts.
The rear looks sporty, thanks to sloping roofline with a raked rear bootlid. The slim LED tail-lamps look nice, while the bumper has satin grey skid plate. The production model will not have dual exhaust setup.
The cabin looks simple and has black theme with contrasting grey on the dashboard. The concept had orange accents on the central tunnel and central console, but these come with customisable option. It is equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. It also comes equipped with a range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry. The AC is controlled by two large knobs on the bottom that also has centrally mounted screen for temperature and mode displays. Kia claims that the Stonic will be the most customisable vehicle in its line-up. The company will offer several customisation options for the buyers.
The car is also claimed to offer class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room. It also has 352-litres of boot space. It also gets Kia’s Drive Wise advanced driver assistance systems, which include Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition and forward collision alert, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning system, etc.