The Korean carmaker KIA unveiled its latest addition to the crossover lineup. It is a subcompact SUV called Stonic. Although rumors about the launch of this model are present for a while, now we have official info about the release. It will come out as 2018 Kia Stonic, and it is mainly designed for European markets. However, with growing interest in Kia vehicles in the US, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this vehicle there.
The design is a highlight of the new crossover. According to what we see in the photos, this is a unique vehicle for the entire family. Also, it will take a position in the subcompact segment, which means SUV will deliver excellent fuel economy. Experts already predict a bright future for the Kia Stonic, although it will be in the shadow of well-known Soul model.
2018 Kia Stonic Specs and Engine
It is all over with rumors about the 2018 Kia Stonic. This SUV was a subject of gossips for a while. There we could read and hear various stories about drivetrain and performance. Now we know that base unit is coming with the 1.0-l T-GDi engine. Paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, it can produce 120 horsepower.
Nevertheless, Kia will offer bigger displacements and a diesel version as well. An alternative to a 1.0-l unit is a 1.25-l engine. Also, buyers can find new Kia Stonic with a 1.4-l naturally-aspirated powertrain. Finally, the crossover will get higher torque output and lower emissions with a diesel engine. It is a 1.6-l 4-cylinder unit.
Mileage of the 2018 Kia Stonic is not available yet. But, we assume this is going to be one of the most fuel-friendly crossovers in the market. Experts believe that 30 mpg is a target for engineers, and they should easily achieve that. On the other hand, the 2018 Stonic will come only with front-wheel drive configuration. The platform of the SUV is not designed for AWD models, and this is going to be a downside of the vehicle.
2018 Kia Stonic Styling
There are a lot of interesting details on the 2018 Kia Stonic. It was designed in Germany, with specific European styling. The highlight is a trademark of many Kia vehicles – a tiger nose grille. Other significant details are sharp horizontal lines and smooth curves. With it, Kia Stonic is sleeker than any other model in the family. Furthermore, the crossover is coming in one of 20 different paint jobs. The only roof has five choices, and there are also two-tone options for some parts.
2018 Kia Stonic Features and Safety
Interior of the 2018 Kia Stonic is comfortable and elegant. The crossover is not packed with a lot of luxurious features and premium materials. Nevertheless, it is assembled perfectly. As the exterior, the cabin will have some color choices, but not as plenty as the body.
Infotainment system leads to better comfort and safety, and it is not there just to increase the level of fun. With big display at the center of the dashboard, the driver can monitor and read all important info about the vehicle. Also, it is compatible with smartphones, thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.