2018 Kia Stonic Preview – “Speedy” and “Tonic” Merge for New Compact Crossover

By Tamami Laser

Kia offers a wide array of “RV” models in Korea, some of which are familiar to Americans and some are not. We know about the Niro, Soul, Sportage and Sorento. Yet the tiny Ray, larger Carens and flagship Mohave haven’t made the journey across the sea and probably won’t anytime soon. However, Kia’s new B-segment crossover, called “Stonic,” is likely to make a beeline for the states following its planned launch in Korea during the second half of 2017.

Today (which is already June 7th in Korea) Kia Motors Corp. released three illustrations of the Stonic and a brief press release. Positioned as a crossover with European design flair, Stonic is inspired by the automaker’s larger SUVs.

The name “Stonic” combines “Speedy” and “Tonic”, which Kia says refers to the first and last notes in the musical scale. Thus “Stonic suggests that the vehicle is agile and offers something new and fresh in the compact SUV segment.”

These design sketches remind us that Stonic is heading into crowded territory with new and established entries like the Toyota CH-R, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, SsangYong Tivoli, Renault Samsung QM3 and others. In terms of product sharing, Stonic likely will have some things in common with Hyundai’s upcoming Kona, another new B-segment entry.

This interior sketch reveals a modern cabin, also described as European-designed, sporting a large center display screen that brings to mind the CH-R.

Stonic is billed as the “most customizable Kia ever inside and out” which bodes well for customers (as well as dealership parts and accessories departments). European sales are likely planned since a similar press release was issued today (tomorrow) by Kia in the UK.

News source and illustrations courtesy Kia Motors Corp. and Kia Motors UK. All product information and launch dates are subject to change without notice by the automaker.

Story © 2017 CarNichiWa.com

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