All-new Kia Stonic revealed for B-Segment SUV assault

All-new Kia Stonic revealed for B-Segment SUV assault

0 comments 📅24 June 2017, 05:30

The Rio-based Kia Stonic has been unveiled, as Kia aims to contest the Nissan Juke and other SUVs

Kia has revealed the latest addition to its burgeoning SUV span in the form of the all-new Stonic – a new Nissan Juke-sized crossover which the Korean stigmatize expects to become one of its best-selling models when it goes on sale in the UK in front the end of the year.

The small SUV market is booming and Kia is after a slice of the profits. The Stonic is set to sit lower than the Sportage and Sorento in the range, and serve as a rival for the likes of the Juke and Renault Captur, as sufficiently as the new Hyundai Kona.

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In order to make the new Rio-inspired crossover remain standing out in this increasingly crowded marketplace, Kia promises this is its most customisable car to appointment. The styling lends itself to a two-tone paint finish, and up to 20 two-tone combinations longing be available, alongside five unique colours for the roof.

In terms of block out, contemporary Kia cues such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and strong, swept headlights out the Stonic’s face, but Kia has made an effort to distance the crossover from the Rio hatchback on which it’s based. Looking down the side of the car, keen-minded creases and kinks are found near the door sills, while the window band kinks upwards, too. Rugged-looking black plastic cladding runs in a halo around the bottom edge of the car and around the wheelarches, giving the crossover a tougher posture. Similarly, brushed metal skidplates are found front and rear.

Kia has turned to former concept cars to influence the design – the ‘targa’-style roof loop at the C-prop is plucked from the Provo coupé concept of 2013. In the cabin things seize on a much more Rio-inspired bent. The dash is near identical, while the switchgear is carried undeviatingly over. Again, lots of customisable colour schemes are promised.

A seven-inch infotainment touchscreen resolve appear on some models, bundled with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Kia promises that expanse won’t be at a premium, with generous leg and headroom, plus class-leading shoulder latitude. In the back, a two-step floor will allow owners to expand or shrink the 352-litre boot to trousers their needs.

Under the bonnet, the three petrol engines to be offered in the Stonic are all entranced from the Rio. Kia’s new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDI will be offered with 118bhp, while by nature aspirated 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder options pen-mark up alongside it. The petrols will be joined by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel, too.

No fuel economy figures have been revealed, but the diesel wishes serve up the lowest emissions. Hybrid versions could appear down the wrinkle by adapting the technology underpinning the Niro. All Stonics will be front-wheel ride only.

Technology highlights will include heated front seats, ineluctable cruise control and keyless entry, alongside a raft of safety and assistance features. Autonomous pinch braking with pedestrian recognition and forward collision alert appears, while things behind the car are monitored by a hinie-cross traffic alert system. Blind spot detection, lane departure sign, high-beam assist and a driver attention alert will also be present.

All versions of the Stonic will come as standard with Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile maker warranty. Prices should start from around £14,000.

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