I have mentioned the new Kia crossover a couple of times now as I am looking forward to seeing what the Korean automaker is bringing us. There is no doubt that the crossover market is huge right now so any new vehicle that enters the fray has to be very good indeed to compete. Will the Kia Stonic be enough?
Aimed squarely at the Nissan Juke, the Kia Stonic looks the business. The styling continues the Kia theme, with a very stylish front end built around the tiger nose grille. From the front, the Stonic has a wide stance with upswept headlights and pronounced wheel arches at either side. A large lower grill and fog lights add interest while the hood has significant curves built in.
The side profile is simple, with a rising beltline and the two-tone paint more obvious. It has an element of the Renault Kadjar about it which is no bad thing. The rear is simple and has similar proportions to the Kia Sportage with simple lines, a pair of compact rear lights and trim detailing on the lower sill.
On the inside, the interior looks like many contemporary Kia. Tidy, well thought-out and spacious. Take the Kia badge away and you would think the car was from a much higher tier. A touchscreen, heated seats and push button start were present too.
Kia Stonic mechanicals
The only engine details released so far have been European and Korean-spec. Engines include a turbocharged 1.0-litre three cylinder that produces 118 hp, a turbocharged 1.25-litre four cylinder, a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre diesel.
I’m not sure what engines we will see over here but I imagine it will be more in line with the Kia Rio with a 1.6-litre four cylinder gas engine. It will likely come with a six speed automatic or manual transmission like the Rio too.
According to Kia, the new Stonic will be packed with technology as we have come to expect. Highlights include heads-up display, torque vectoring and corner-brake control, high beam assist, heated front seats, automatic cruise control and keyless entry. Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, rear-cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and forward collision alert will be options too apparently.
We don’t yet know when the Kia Stonic will make it to Canada, but it very likely will appear later this year. Visit Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 to register your interest or to check out the current range of Kia cars.