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2018 Kia Stonic Small Crossover Officially Unveiled
It feels as though we have been waiting the new Stonic crossover forever, but now we have some official images to go with all the chatter as Kia officially unveiled their new vehicle earlier this week.
The 2018 Kia Stonic has some real European styling, and it may well be the most customizable vehicle that the Koreans have ever delivered.
The design is certainly one that catches the eye, but there are still some elements that make in unmistakably a part of the Kia family, with the tiger nose grille being the biggest giveaway.
The all-new Kia Stonic was designed at the automaker’s European design studio in Germany, and it features a combination of sharp horizontal lines and sculpted surfaces that are much softer looking.
They can choose from a variety of tw-tone color finishes, the inspiration for which came from the Provo concept design.
All told, there will be 20 different color combinations to choose from, while the roof will come in 5 different color choices.
Kia Stonic engine specs
The engines being used in the new Kia Stonic are downsized turbo variants mated to a manual transmission, which Kia hopes will improve efficiency and drivability.
The engine choices begin with a 1.0-liter T-GDi that delivers 120-hp, as well as a 1.25- and a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated gas engines.
A 1.6-liter diesel engine is also available, and comes in two different power outputs, whilst also offering the lowest emissions of all the choices.
Ergonomics and technology are at the heart of the European designed cabin, with customization the highlight of the exterior of the Stonic, thanks in large part to all the potential color combinations we discussed earlier.
The Stonic is set to be the smartest in its class, as it will feature infotainment technologies that will help with comfort, safety, and convenience.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, and smartphone functionality will also be a part of the touchscreen infotainment experience.
Comfort and convenience are at the forefront here, with automatic cruise control, heated front seats, and keyless entry all included.
Kia Stonic cargo room
The exterior dimensions of the Stonic may fall on the side of compact, but it packs in plenty of passenger and cargo space.
Shoulder room is best in class, while head and legroom are also excellent.
Cargo space comes in at 352-liters, but can be extended or shrunk using the two-step boot floor.
Does the Kia Stonic come with AWD?
The Stonic’s sister model, the Hyundai Kona, comes with the option for AWD, but the Kia model does not.
It rides on a different platform that is not adjusted for all-wheel-drive.
Kia Stonic release date
The Stonic will arrive in Europe sometime in Q3 this year, but Kia have not yet made an announcement about a US release date.
There is a possibility that it will not be made available in the US, as it would be placed in the same segment as the ever-popular Kia Soul.