This is the Kia Stonic. Kia’s answer to the Juke, Captur, 500X, Mokka X, 2008, Kona, EcoSport and so on.
But there is method in the madness from Kia.
The sector is hitting 1.1million new car sales in Europe each year.
That’s a lot of dough and Kia wants a bigger share to add to the Sportage and Sorento, especially as the forecast is for sales to go past two million by 2020.
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The Rio-based crossover gets the same tiger-nose grille that’s now standard across the Kia line-up.
There’s also sleek LED headlights and a sharp shoulder line down the length of the car to the chunky C-pillar.
The Stonic takes most of its styling cues from the existing Rio with a raised ride height and roofbars making it into an urban lifestyle crossover.
The Stonic has been a long time in the making with plans for the model first revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It gets a range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines – think 1.0-litre T-GDI producing 120PS, as well as 1.25 or 1.4 naturally-aspirated MPI petrol engines.
There is also a 1.6 diesel.
Inside it’s spacious – with best-in-class shoulder room and a lot of leg and head-room, while the 352-litre boot has a two-step floor.
Touchscreen, CarPlay and seven-year warranty are standard.
The Stonic hits showrooms in October priced from £14,500.
Source : www.thesun.co.uk