With a true European design flair, the new 2018 Kia Stonic is a confident and eye-catching compact crossover, and is the most customizable Kia ever. In order to keep emissions low and efficiency at optimum levels, a range of diesel and gasoline engines have been mated with manual transmissions.
Included in the raft of changes for 2018 include improved ride and handling dynamics. The result is a vehicle that is able to deliver maximum driving excitement. The suspension, in the same token, has also been engineered for European tastes. The chassis has been constructed using high strength steel to guarantee both passenger comfort and driving confidence in all conditions.
The 2018 Stonic stacks up high in terms of being smart. For example, it is offered with a range of technologies designed to enhance convenience, comfort, safety, and handling. The car’s clever design also allows for a high level of storage versatility as well.
The new Stonic is as a result of close collaboration between Kia’s Korean and European design studios, and is set to be manufactured in Korea. Once it goes for sale sometime in the third quarter of 2017, it’ll debut in a segment that is poised to become one of Europe’s largest. Recent data shows that the B-SUV segment, which it belongs to, accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year, and is set to reach 2 million sales at the turn of the decade.
2018 Kia Stonic Interior Design & Technologies
The cabin design of the latest Stonic is based upon European design influences. The interior of the Stonic, just like the exterior surface, combines smooth surfaces and straight lines. The dashboard is driver centered and is angled towards the driver for ease of use.
In order to minimize cluttering, the designers of the Stonic included as many controls as possible into the infotainment screen. There’re four color packs that the interior offers for user customization – Green, Orange, Bronze, and Grey. Specifying a color not only adds a sporty D-cut steering wheel with a flat bottom but also introduces a range of colored trim highlights to the upholstery and cabin.
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The Kia Stonic’s compact dimensions allow for maximum passenger space. There’s plenty of space for passengers and drivers. At the front, the D-cut steering wheel allows for a generous knee room for front occupants, while a low seating position and a fuel tank located beneath the rear bench provide the rear passengers with ample space.
Unlike in many rival models, the Kia Stonic’s cabin is designed in such a way that allows for both intelligent and practical storage solutions. At the base of the center console is a double-tray storage area that makes it possible for large smartphones accommodation. iPads and other tablet devices can be accommodated in the glove box, while every door pocket has been designed to accommodate a bottle.
Aside from the clever stowage areas, the new car’s interior design also incorporates a range of intuitive technologies to enhance convenience and comfort for all occupants. The 2018 Kia Stonic’s infotainment system is one of the most modern, and high tech in its class. It seamlessly blends key vehicle functions with smartphone functionality.
At the center of the dashboard is a large seven-inch touchscreen display. The smartphone functionality comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
At the heart of the 2018 Kia Stonic’s eye catching design is European flair. A low center of gravity and compact dimensions allow for a sleek, lithe body, inspired by the confidence, function, and form-inspiring appearance of Kia’s bigger siblings.
The Stonic boasts of confident and sporty on-road posture thanks to a long bonnet and low roof line combined with short overhangs at the front and rear. The skid-plates at the front and rear, and black body claddings around the base of the car, add a further element of purpose to the Stonic’s design.
When it comes to the color palette, customers can select from five roof colors and nine single-tone body colors, creating a possibility of having up to 20 two-tone paint combinations. The contrast roof, depending on the body paint finish, is available in Clear White, Signal Red, Electric Green, and Aurora Black, or Tan Orange.
Engine Specs - 2018 Kia Stonic
Beneath the hood of the 2018 Stonic is a slew of advanced gasoline and diesel engines, designed to maximize handling enjoyment, performance, and mechanical efficiency.
The standard engine is Kia’s lightweight 1.0L T-GDI engine capable of generating 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. Beginning from mid-2018, a 100PS version of the engine will also go for sale.
In addition to being lightweight, the 1.0L T-GDI engine also enables high fuel efficiency and immediate acceleration.
Also available is a 1.25L and 1.4L engine capable of generating 84 PS and 122 Nm of torque and 100 PS and 133 Nm of torque respectively. Every powertrain mentioned is paired to a manual transmission, designed to offer optimum gearshift feel and efficiency.
2018 Kia Stonic Release Date & Price
The new Kia Stonic is priced beginning from 16,295 Euros – a price that could potentially make it one of Kia’s best-sellers. It is expected to go for sale on October 2017 following its showing at the Frankfurt motor show. Once it goes for sale, it is expected to face off with the likes of Vauxhall Mokka X, Peugeot 2008, and Renault Captur.