Kia Stonic is a compact and comfortable crossover, launched strategically by the South Korean manufacturer. The Kia Stonic decisively attacks one of the newest categories of cars, which at the same time is the fastest growing in Europe.
Currently, the crossover compact segment has sales of over 1.1 million units annually, representing 7% of the auto market. By 2020, it is estimated that annual sales within this category will exceed 2 million units. The model wants to be one of the most impressive new cars in this class, which is expanding rapidly. The success of the model will be supported by the manufacturer’s unique warranty and the brand’s reputation for reliability and quality.
The design of the new model is one of the most impressive offerings so far and is easily recognizable due to the typical front grille. The new Kia Stonic was designed in Europe in collaboration with the Korean design studio. The personalization of the car is an aspect that seems to take on more and more importance today. That’s why the model’s roof is available in a two-tone finish, inspired by the 2013 Provo concept. For the model to be sold in Europe, the manufacturer will offer 20 twin-tone shades. For the new Kia Stonic ceiling, you’ll have the choice of up to five distinct colors. The range of engines offers turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines with manual transmission.
Customers have the choice of a 1.0-liter T-GDI engine with direct injection on gasoline and a turbocharger that develops 120 hp. Kia Stonic also offers two 1.25 and 1.4-liter, naturally aspirated, multiple injection petrol engines. The engine range will be complemented by the 1.6-liter diesel engine that will deliver the lowest CO2 emissions in its category. The new steering system and adjustable suspension provide prompt responses and a more comfortable ride. The new Kia Stonic is equipped with the ESC’s electronic stability control system. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) vehicle stability system ensures good stability regardless of road conditions.
System functions include torque vectoring, straight line stability, and curve braking control. The interior combines technology and ergonomics, offering customers the most individualization possibilities. The range of shades for upholstery provides a very rich portfolio of colors. Kia Stonic wants to be one of the smartest cars in its class. The car will offer its customers infotainment systems designed to enhance occupant safety and comfort. For perfect integration of smartphones, the manufacturer offers as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The technology further enhances occupants comfort through the front seat heating system, cruise control and keyless entry.
Although the Kia Stonic is a compact vehicle, the design has maximized the interior space for all passengers. The dimensions made available for occupant comfort create a level of enviability. The luggage compartment provides an impressive capacity of 352 liters, with the possibility of splitting into two segments. The model is assembled on a secure, low-weight platform. Body elements are manufactured using Advanced High Strength Steel, which accounts for 51% of the materials used. The state-of-the-art technology used by the manufacturer to manufacture the Kia Stonic ensures the safety and comfort of passengers in all conditions. To enhance safety, customers can choose from a selection of advanced driver assistance systems, called ADAS.
These technologies include emergency autonomous braking with pedestrian recognition and early warning against a collision. Kia Stonic warns the driver if he leaves the traffic lane abnormally. Blind Spot Detection makes sure you do not miss another vehicle in the dead corner. A new camera system helps you park safely. High Beam Assist automatically switches from long to short and vice versa. To further satisfy customers’ safety requirements, the manufacturer offers as standard the driver’s warning system. Just as Kia has backed promises to customers, this model will be sold with the company’s sole warranty of seven years or 150,000 kilometers. Sales in Europe will begin in the third quarter of 2017. Kia Stonic price $20,186 (17,072 EURO, £15,354)