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    Kia Unveils Stonic Subcompact Crossover

      Another subcompact crossover enters the fray


    A week after Hyundai raised the curtain on the Kona subcompact crossover, Kia has unveiled their subcompact crossover contender, the Stonic.

    Whereas Hyundai went with a polarizing look for the Kona, Kia went with a more down-to-earth design for the Stonic. You can tell it's a Kia as the various design elements such as the tiger nose grille, distinctive character lines, and sculpting. Kia will be offering a two-tone color exterior paint scheme that will be available in 20 different combinations.

    The interior matches up with the subcompact Rio - body color accents, large knobs and buttons, stitching on the seats, and a touchscreen system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

    For the European market, Kia will offer a 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.25 and 1.4L naturally aspirated four-cylinders, and a 1.6L turbodiesel. 

    A range of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

    Kia says the Stonic will go on sale in Europe in the third-quarter of this year. It is unknown if the Stonic will come to the U.S., but we have a hunch it might.

    Source: Kia
    Press Release is on Page 2


    KIA STONIC: AN EYE-CATCHING AND CONFIDENT COMPACT CROSSOVER

    • An important all-new model for Kia in a fast-growing segment
    • Eye-catching, confident, SUV inspired design
    • Combines agile handling and a sporty ride for an exciting drive
    • Powered by a range of lightweight, downsized engines
    • Cabin combines style and technology options
    • Smart packaging for a spacious and versatile cabin
    • Strong, lightweight body with new driver-assist technologies
    • On sale in Europe during Q3 2017 

    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.

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    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Stonic.   Hmmm...stoic + iconic?   sonic + iconic?   stoic + laconic? 

    Another made-up car name...

    I'll let Kia explain the name

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    "But Kia explains the name comes from combining "‘Speedy’ and ‘Tonic’, which refers to the first and last note in the musical scale."

     

    I agree it is a terrible name.

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    54 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

    Interesting looking....college cool me thinks

    More like it crawled out from the biology lab and the University's facilities department needed to put on a hazmat suit before they crushed it.

    ... actually it would make an excellent vehicle for Robert Ballard because this and the new Civic Hatchback both look like creatures you only find attached to geothermal vents at the bottom of the Ocean...

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    1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    Given the insect like styling, one hopes a can of Raid might work better...

    I've always felt that way about the Juke. 

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    On 6/20/2017 at 6:11 PM, daves87rs said:

    Interesting looking....college cool me thinks

    Looks like a bug that got hit in the lab but instead of biting Peter Parker, it bit  an Asian car and we ended up with this turd that needs to be dosed with RAID!

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    26 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Looks like a bug that got hit in the lab but instead of biting Peter Parker, it bit  an Asian car and we ended up with this turd that needs to be dosed with RAID!

    Exactly...not impressed with Kia build quality either.

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    9 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Looks like a bug that got hit in the lab but instead of biting Peter Parker, it bit  an Asian car and we ended up with this turd that needs to be dosed with RAID!

    Now that I look at it....LOL.....yeah, it does.......

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