Future Cars; 2018 Kia Stonic SUV Gets Early Reveal

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Leaked images purporting to show Kia’s new SUV emerge online, revealing a chiselled Renault Captur rival

Images of the new Kia Stonic SUV have been leaked on a Spanish car blog, only a week on from the official reveal of its sister car, the Hyundai Kona. The pictures reveal the Kona has its own unique style, despite their near-identical crossover proportions. Kia is clearly targeting customers in the burgeoning SUV crossover segment, hoping to tempt future Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 buyers.

The Stonic’s sister car, the Hyundai Kona, has a bold but potentially polarising ‘cascading’ grille, but the Kia Stonic is more conventional and sharp-edged. In fact, its nose most closely resembles the Kia Stinger GT, the brand’s new performance saloon. It’s the latest iteration of Kia’s ‘Tiger nose’ family face, which comprises assertive air intakes and swept back headlights. The Stonic also looks tough thanks to a bonnet with strakes and chamfered edges, but it doesn’t have the extra plastic wheelarch cladding of the Kona. Instead, the Stonic has smaller wheelarch extensions for protection and an SUV look with more traditional styling.

The two models do share the option of a contrasting roof, but while the Kona’s was painted black for a ‘floating’ roof effect, the Stonic in these pictures has a bright orange roof, rear spoiler and door mirrors to help it stand out from the crowd. This also helps accentuate large, silver roof rails – this is a lifestyle model, after all.

Inside, the orange and silver theme continues, with the dashboard and central console encircled with bright orange trim, adding character to the design. Elsewhere, it’s more regular Kia fare, with a three-spoke sports steering wheel, simple but classy controls for the climate control and a large, central touchscreen. The latter is a tablet-style design, which appears to be perched between the air vents and is expected to get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

While currently unconfirmed, engines are likely to be shared with the mechanically similar Kona, meaning it will get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with around 118bhp, front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. The Kona is also offered with a more powerful 1.6-litre capable of sending 175bhp to all four wheels through a dual-clutch DCT automatic gearbox.

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