Not to be outdone by its own parent company in the B-size crossover segment, Kia has taken the wraps off its own Stonic. The new Kia Stonic is the brands entry into the hot sub-compact crossover segment and close cousin to the newly-revealed Hyundai Kona.
Unlike Hyundai, Kia did not take a radical approach to the Stonic’s design. Generally speaking, this crossover very much looks like the rest of the Kia portfolio, albeit owners do have the option of selecting between 20 different two-tone paint options should that want to go a little different.
Inside is a similar story, with a dash design that fits in with the Kia family. Although, like the exterior, buyers will have the option to add bright hues to the dash panel as noted in the photo below. Found in the colorful dashboard of all Kia Stonics is a touchscreen with the brand’s infotainment system that sports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.
Aiding on the technology front is, of course, all of the latest advanced safety features. Stonic will offer automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian alert and several others. Basically all of the safety tech we’ve all come to expect on every new vehicle.
So far the Stonic has just been revealed for European sale. In Europe the Stonic will offer 1.0-liter, 1.25-liter and 1.4-liter gas four-cylinder engines. A diesel 1.6-liter will also be offered. All four engines will pair with uniquely-tuned suspension and steering for the European market.
The Kia Stonic is slated to go on sale in Europe during the third quarter of this year. Sale in the U.S. will likely follow sometime next year.