A few days ago, Hyundai revealed its new sub-compact SUV for the international market, the Kona. And now, sister company Kia has taken the wraps off its own answer to the ever growing subcompact segment, the all-new Stonic. The Stonic is a minor SUV designed jointly by Kia’s design studios in South Korea and Europe and offers a sedated design language as compared to the Kona. The new Stonic though does have very typically Kia cues, like the tiger nose grille and the sleek headlamps. The Stonic also sorts a ‘targa-style’ roof design that allows a very unique two-tone paintjob with five different colours to choose from.
Just like with the exterior, the Stonic will also offer owners a range of customizable interior trim colors and options. Kia has also made it a point to mention how the Stonic’s cabin has been strategic with one major priority, ergonomics, as compared to everything else. The Stonic also gets a large central touchscreen with the expected inbuilt navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Stonic will also come with a range of other gizmos including heated front seats, keyless entry and cruise control.
On the mechanical front, the Stonic will get a range of petrol and diesel engines along with an auto or manual gearbox. The petrol engines range from a 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre indeed aspirated units to a 1-litre turbo-charged unit while the diesel engine will be a 1.6-litre unit. The Stonic will be only available with a front wheel drive layout. Expect the Stonic to be one of the first cars that Kia brings to India when it makes its official product lineup known sometime in 2018. The Kia Stonic in India will need to be a sub 4-meter SUV though and might feature slightly different bumpers than the European versions. Competition includes the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford Eco sport