2018 Kia Stonic unveiled for Europe

Article by Christian A., on July 11, 2017

Similar to its automotive adversaries, Kia is doubling its efforts in filling each gap in its line-up of high-riding crossovers and SUVs. Now the South Korean company has unveiled a small, city-friendly model that is called the "Stonic". The 2018 Kia Stonic will be geared to go head to head against Toyota C-HR, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V. Kia claimed that this new release will be one of its hottest crossovers to date.

According to the Korean vehicle manufacturer, 21% of consumers are choosing to upgrade their beloved hatchback into a taller and bigger vehicle, and its new 2018 Stonic might address these needs and be a strong contender in the crossover range. The Kia Stonic has a significant advantage – its much desired ride height. That’s because the crossover was based on the same platform as of the new Kia Rio.

Its plastic cladding and contrasting roof rails add a more tough aesthetic. The latest crossover is seen sporting the familiar "tiger nose grille" that is located between a pair of detailed headlights, and the new car can be fitted with an eye-catching roof that has an array of 20 different two-tone color combinations to choose from. For the interior space, Kia has given a high priority in this area, with the new crossover offering a class-leading shoulder room. Although the cabin is fitted with some scratchy plastics, don’t worry as the cabin is solid enough to tolerate a high force impact, including tantrums from a toddler.

The Stonic's center console is equipped with Kia's newest touchscreen infotainment display, which offers the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. For the passengers, you are in good hands as you are also given comfortable head and legroom. Almost all vehicles have a raised middle floor that can be pesky for the middle passenger, but for the Stonic you can breathe a sigh of relief as those middle passengers can rest their feet made possible with a flat floor. In the rear, a wide-opening hatch uncovers a 352 L trunk. In Europe, the Kia Stonic will be offered with a choice of 4 engines. Gasoline units will be equipped with the latest turbocharged 1.0 L that produces 116hp, a 1.25 L engine that is identical to the recent Picanto, a tier-topper at 1.4 L rounds off the set. For the diesel set-up, only one choice is available -- the 1.6 L unit which is claimed to be the most environmental-friendly option.

One can avail of the Stonic with a whole array of active safety equipment that includes an emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, driver attention warning and blind spot detection. The most important tech feature is the Rear Cross Traffic Alert which can keep one safe while reversing out of busy areas like supermarket parking spaces.

The 2018 Kia Stonic will be released to the European market during the latter part of this year. The Stonic is expected to face solid adversaries, however the crossover is showing a promising potential with growing momentum. Specific details of the US-spec will be revealed in the coming months.

Press Release

KIA STONIC: AN EYE-CATCHING AND CONFIDENT COMPACT CROSSOVER

The all-new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover, and is set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.

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.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: “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.”

“By volume, the B-SUV market is expected to overtake the C-SUV segment by 2020, when more than one in ten new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic’s segment. The B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21 per cent of all customers upsizing from a supermini, and another 15 per cent downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs.”

The design of the car is one of the brand’s most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to key signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Designed in Europe, in collaboration with Kia’s Korean design studio, the body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces. Induviduality is important to many customers in the B-SUV segment, and the Stonic’s ‘Targa’-style roof enables buyers 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.

A range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, each paired with a manual transmission, maximising driver engagement and efficiency. Buyers have the choice of Kia’s lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120 ps, as well as 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines. An efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up.

The car’s European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer an exciting drive, with immediate handling responses and a stable ride. The car is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ensuring the front-wheel drive Stonic remains enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive in all conditions. Specific functions of VSM include Torque Vectoring by Braking, Straight Line Stability, and Cornering Brake Control.

The Stonic’s European-designed cabin places technology and ergonomics at its heart, offering buyers as much potential for individuality as the exterior with a range of vivid colour packs for buyers to choose from. One of the smartest cars in its class, it 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. Like other Kia models, it is available with a broad range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry.

Within its compact exterior dimensions, the Stonic’s smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants. The car offers class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room, while the versatile 352-litre (VDA) boot has a two-step boot floor.

The car is built on a strong, safe and lightweight platform and bodyshell, with Advanced High Strength Steel accounting for 51 per cent of materials used. The body ensures driving confidence, passenger comfort and refinement in all conditions. Buyers 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.

Backed by Kia’s quality promise, the car will be sold as standard with the company’s unique seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty. It goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

Source: Kia

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