Kia introduces the Stonic and reminds us of a Hyundai Kona

Article by Christian A., on June 21, 2017

Less than a week ago, Hyundai revealed to us the new Kona. And now, photos of the brand new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover have been leaked just before its official reveal at Amsterdam.

At first glance, you will be able to tell that both the Kona and the Stonic are related in some way, though the latter has a more mainstream design, reminding us of a Rio light hatch. We are well aware that Hyundai is trying its best to give each one of its cars a distinct look on the outside, especially up front where the cars indicate their brand's styling features.

Both cars have a similar silhouette, and the Korean company offers the same two-tone schemes so buyers could customize their cars, with different coloured roofs to contrast with the colour of the body. What's new is that the mirror caps can now be customized as well depending on the buyer's preference.

Despite the similarities, the interior of the Stonic would be the element that sets it apart from a Kona. Though we only have one photo of the Stonic's cabin, it indicates that every car can get different trims and a dashboard. Kia keeps it fun by adding orange accents around the center console.

Since the Stonic and the Kona have similar footprints, expect the Stonic's dimensions to be close to the Kona's measurements - 4,165mm (164 inches) long, 1,800mm (70.9 inches) wide, 1,550mm (61 inches) tall, and a wheelbase of 2,600mm (102.4 inches). But that's not final yet as Kia has not given complete details yet.

As for the engine, again, the Kia Stonic will probably be equipped with what the Kona has too. Several engines will be available including a 2.0 liter than can produce 147 horsepower (1,459 PS), a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine giving out 175 horsepower (177 PS), while a 1.0 liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.6 diesel will be available for the markets outside North America. And soon enough, an all electric version of the model will be out in the market too. Hyundai also announced the availability of an all-wheel-drive system as an option.

With the design elements inside and outside, it looks as if the company is aiming towards a more youthful audience like the Kona and some of its competitors such as the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR. So if you were to choose one of the two, would you go for the Hyundai Kona or the Kia Stonic? Watch out for the Kia Stonic as it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Source: Kia

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