Kia has just unveiled its new sub-compact SUV that will rival models like the Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur and the newly revealed Hyundai Kona.
Hyundai released the design sketches of the Stonic with a bold design language however the production version of the Stonic is far more sedate, in-line with the rest of its models.
The engine range for models destined for Europe will include a turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI unit that delivers 88kW with a five-speed gearbox, as well as naturally aspirated 1.25-litre (62kW) and 1.4-litre (74kW) units. A 1.6-litre diesel engine will also be available, providing the lowest emission rating in the range.
Kia will offer a bevy of customisation options, which include the option of a two-tone paint finish from the 20 available combinations. There is also a choice of trendy colour packs for the cabin and the dashboard is fitted with Hyundai’s latest infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as standard.
Referring to the B-SUV segment, Kia European marketing director Artur Mertens said: “This segment is the fastest growing in Europe. It was one million sales last year and will be two million by 2020. By 2020, 10% of all cars sold will be a B-SUV. Until now, Kia has had no strong presence here, and now we’re launching into a market that’s taking off. This is really important for us in Europe.”