Besides the new Kia Kona, the South Korean manufacturer has expanded its subcompact SUV lineup with another model called the Kia Stonic. The first and the current version of this model has made its first appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. However, the Company has also announced the newest 2019 Kia Stonic since this model is expected to become more and more popular in Europe but also in the United States.
The Kia Stonic is the brand-new model in the Kia compact lineup and it was all-new for the 2018 model year. As well, it is the smallest model in its class and stands below the Niro, Sorento and Sportage models. Its design is also very much inspired by the brand’s larger SUV, the well-known Sportage. And the brand’s recognizable tiger nose grille dominates the front like on the most models. Like the platform, the new Stonic also shares the similar design of the interior with the Rio. As for the technology, the new Kia is well-equipped with numerous standard features. Furthermore, under its hood, there are several fuel-efficient engines to choose from and both petrol and one diesel unit will be available. Therefore, how the Kia Stonic is the all-new model, the 2019 version most likely won’t bring any changes.
Its main rivals on the market will include Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, Toyota C-HR, and Honda HR-V.
2019 Kia Stonic engines
The newest 2019 Kia Stonic will be powered by the same engines as the 2018 model year. And there are several gasoline units and one diesel engine available. So, the one is a 1.0-liter T-GDI engine which will be able to make around 118 horses and the torque of 127 pound-feet. The next will be a 1.25 engine with the output of 84 ponies and 90 lb-ft of torque. The last gasoline engine in the offer is a 1.4-liter. It will be able to generate up to 99 horses and 98 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, there will be one diesel engine and it is a 1.6-liter unit. This one will be capable of making around 108 hp and the torque of 192 pound-feet of torque.
All the engines will work with a 6-speed manual gearbox while a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will be available in some versions.
Design of exterior and interior
Like we have said earlier, the 2019 Kia Stonic will ride on the same platform as the Kia Rio model. Its body is made of the lightweight materials and the high-strength steel. There is Kia’s recognizable tiger nose grille, a pair of slim headlamps, and LED daytime running lights on the front.
Moving to the inside, the 2019 Kia Stonic is sufficiently roomy for a vehicle of that size. The cargo room is also pretty good and measures the space of 12.4 cubic feet. The dashboard is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Among other standard equipment, there is Bluetooth, parking sensors, air conditioning, navigation, and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 model year should arrive later this year. However, 2019 Kia Stonic will probably arrive sometime during next year. The pricing should stay close to the current one.