Kia has recently unveiled the design sketches for its new upcoming new B-segment crossover SUV, the Stonic. The new Stonic is essentially Kia’s version of the new Hyundai Kona, but based upon an existing Kia Rio platform. It is expected to make it to India once Kia officially launches its cars in India. The new Stonic is inspired by the form and function of larger Kia SUVs (or Hyundai) that features a sweeping roofline and uniquely designed roof rack add a sporty look to the vehicle. At the same time, the unique tail lamp graphics amplify Stonic’s young and futuristic appearance.
According to company’s global press release – the name ‘Stonic’ combines ‘Speedy’ and ‘Tonic’, which refers to the first and last note in the musical scale. Thus, ‘Stonic’ points at the vehicle’s agility and intend to offer something new and fresh in the most competitive compact SUV segment.
The Stonic will be available in global markets by the end of 2017 and will be highly customizable. When it does make it to India, expect the new Stonic SUV to be sub 4-meters in length and go up against some tough competition like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Ford Ecosport, Mahindra . The Stonic will also take on the upcoming Tata Nexon.
In terms of design language, the vehicles boast an European-designed cabin which echoes the appearance of the exterior, with straight lines, smooth surfaces and geometric design forms. However, as compared to the Kona, the design is a lot more subdued and will probably entice the common buyers too. The front design is sharp and sporty and the Kia family grille seems to be finished in a shade of satin grey along with a similarly painted front lip. The headlights do remind a little of some of the larger SUVs in the Kia ranges and also has the presence of a sharp shoulder line down the length of the car to the chunky C-pillar.
The design aspects of the new Stonic seems typically SUV like with a smaller hatchback to body proportion. The pronounced wheel arches feature a plastic cladding and so does the side skirt. The large wheels seen here will of course not feature on the production version. That said, expect a set of 16-inch or 17-inch wheels to be standard on the Stonic. The Stonic also features a sloping roofline with a raked read bootlid. The slim LED tail lamps are well layered and the bumper features satin grey skid plate. Just like the wheels, expect the dual exhaust setup to skip the production version.
The Stonic’s interior places technology and ergonomics at its heart, with smart packaging maximizing space for all occupants, and a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface) seamlessly blending smartphone access with the car’s many functions. The interior also gets orange accent pieces on the central tunnel and central console with large centrally mounted screen – which will most likely be a touchscreen with inbuilt navigation. The air-conditioning controls on the bottom have two large knobs integrated with centrally mounted LED screen for temperature and mode displays along with a silver design element.
The manufacturer claims that the Stonic will be very customizable, to suit consumers’ varied modern tastes.This means that the Stonic will have optional wheels, decal packs and interior packs with multiple color combinations. The Stonic will come with a petrol and diesel engine option when it makes its way to India and should ideally be mated with both a manual and an automatic gearbox.