Kia Stonic: the Korean marque’s next Compact Crossover

Kia has announced the all-new Stonic compact crossover, slated to go on sale in Europe by the year’s quarter three.

Kia’s latest B-segment crossover is the most customizable model ever, inside and out, and boasts true European design flair. The design of the car is one of the brand’s most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognizable as a Kia thanks to key signature design elements, such as the ‘tiger-nose’ grille.

The body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces and the ‘Targa’-style roof. Buyers are able to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept, the Stonic will be available in up to 20 two-tone color combinations, with a choice of five distinctive colors 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-liter T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120 ps, as well as 1.25- or 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) gasoline engines. An efficient 1.6-liter 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 cabin places technology and ergonomics at its heart, offering buyers as much potential for customization as the exterior with a range of vivid color packs for buyers to choose from. One of the smartest cars in its class, it provides owners with a range of new chassis and infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience.

Like other Kia models, it is available with a broad range of amenities to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, automatic cruise control, keyless entry, smart packaging interior space and an expandable 352-liter (VDA) boot space.

The compact Crossover’s shell comprises Advanced High Strength Steel, which accounts for 51% of materials used.  On top of that, a selection of Kia’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety are available.

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