After it has revealed its new 2018 Hyundai Kona, the Korean car maker has decided to present as well the 2018 Kia Stonic. This new model should make its world`s premiere in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale later this year.
The new Kia is expected to be very popular and one of the most handsome vehicle in the class. This compact SUV will appear with many interesting upgrades and improvements. Moreover, we will see more standard equipment and nicely sculpted body inspired by Sportage and Sorento models. There will be several engines to choose from as well. Furthermore, its dimensions will be similar to the one of Kona`s model.
All in all, because of its relatively small dimensions, affordable price, attractive styling and modern equipment, new Kia Stonic will probably be very popular among many costumers. As for the main competitors, it will go against Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR.
2018 Kia Stonic types of engines and performances
Under the hood of 2018 Kia Stonic will be placed several types of engines. It will be offered with a few petrol and one diesel units. The one will be a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder TGDI turbocharged engine. This one will be able to develop 118 horsepower. As well, it will be available with 1.25 and 1.4-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engines. The diesel unit will be a 1.6-liter engine. This one should show the best fuel efficiency. The engines will be paired with a standard manual gearbox. The power will be sent to front wheels. However, the all-wheel drive system will be available too.
Design of exterior and interior
The all new 2018 Kia Stonic will be underpinned with a new platform. It will be much lighter than before with the body made of 51% of high-strength steel. Like we have previously mentioned, it will share almost the same dimensions with the Kona model.
When it comes to exterior, the Kia Stonic will be based on the similar design as the larger Sorento and Sportage models. The front end will feature the Kia`s recognizable tiger-nose grille which will be narrower. The restyled sleek headlamps will be equipped with LED lighting. Moreover, the bumper will look sportier and there will be larger and lower air intake as well. The rear lights will get LED lightning too. The whole body will feature sharper lines and geometric forms. The new Kia will be available with two-tone roof. Furthermore, there will be a choice between twenty different colors for exterior.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Stonic will offer a spacious and very well-equipped cabin. It will be able to accommodate four adults; and will have plenty of knee and shoulder room for all. The cargo space will be sufficient too. The dashboard will feature the latest touchscreen with infotainment system. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard. There will be lots of standard and available safety features too. Those will include: Lane departure warning, Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Kia Stonic will hit the market in late 2017 or in the beginning of 2018. The starting price of this model will be around $20,000. For the diesel version, we expect the price of roughly $23,000.