As Hyundai introduces its Kona to an adventurous and fun-loving market, Kia likewise targets the young and chic set with the new Stonic. The new model is the Korean carmaker’s entry into the hotly-contested B-segment or subcompact SUV class.
The name, Kia says, is a play of words that combine Speedy and Tonic. These connote the “first and last note in the musical scale”. In layman’s terms, it represents flow and harrmony, giving buyers something fresh and different. And the CUV itself is touted to be agile and nimble.
A quick glance at the little Stonic and one will immediately notice the flowing roofline and roof rack. Then there are the bulging fenders that give it a strong presence, along with the equally unique light signatures for both head- and taillights.
Stepping inside, one will quickly notice the sweeping dash with floating Human Machine Interface (HMI). As with most new cars today, the Kia Stonic will receive a host of connectivity and entertainment features to keep occupants in sync with the outside world—albeit in a safe manner, of course.
While no details have been given about powertrains, we can expect a host of gasoline and diesel motors. And most likely, front- and all-wheel drive will be on offer.
The Kia Stonic will go on sale in the second half of this year.