The all-new Kia Stonic is designed in Europe as a B-SUV segment vehicle, in collaboration with Kia’s Korean design studio. The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year – around seven per cent of the market – and is forecast to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020. Earlier this month, Kia unveiled the design sketches for its new upcoming new B-segment crossover SUV over the internet.
The body of the car blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces. The Stonic’s ‘Targa’-style C-panel roof enables customers to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept. It will be available in Europe with up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with a choice of up to five distinctive colours for the roof.
The car is built on a strong, safe and lightweight platform and bodyshell, with Advanced High Strength Steel accounting for 51 percent of materials used.
The designed cabin of the car places technology and ergonomics at its heart by completely lifting it up from the Rio supermini, meaning it’s familiar and user-friendly. The car also provides owners infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort, and convenience. The car gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, bringing seamless smartphone functionality to the touchscreen infotainment system.
“The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly-expanding class, backed by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality, and contemporary design. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.” – Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe.
The vehicle comes with lightweight, downsized, turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol, 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol and 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines, each mated with a manual transmission. The overall engine range offers the lowest emissions in the line-up.
European customers can choose from a selection of Kia’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety. These technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System. Backed by a new fusion camera system, Stonic offers High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.
The car will be revealed to the public at the Frankfurt motor show in September. And, supposed to be pitched against Nissan Juke and Hyundai Kona, another small B-SUV which has been recently launched in the European market.