FIRST LOOK: Kia Stonic crossover SUV ‘will be most customisable yet’

  • Kia Stonic inspired by larger Kia SUVs
  • Compact dimensions, low centre of gravity
  • Customisable ‘like never before on a Kia’
2017 KIA STONIC: Heading for world market later in 2017. Image: Kia Motors / Newspress
2017 KIA STONIC: Heading for world market later in 2017. Image: Kia Motors / Newspress

SEOUL, South Korea – Kia’s new B-segment crossover will be named Stonic and is described by its maker as “an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair”.

“It was,” a media release sent to The Corner says, “inspired by the form and function of larger Kia SUV’s.”

The early information adds: “A sweeping roof, unique roof rack, and sporty look allied with unique tail light-clusters amplify the Stonic’s young and futuristic appearance.”

The car, Kia says, blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces and bring compact dimensions and a low centre-of-gravity to the class.

‘TEÇHNOLOGY AT ITS HEART

The European-designed cabin “echoes the appearance of the exterior” with straight lines, smooth surfaces and geometric design.

“The Stonic’s cabin,” Kia explained, “places technology and ergonomics at its heart through smart packaging that maximises space for each occupants and a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface) seamlessly blending smartphone access with the car’s many functions.”

The Stonic, which should hit world markets in the second half of 2017, will also, Kia says, “be the most customisable Kia yet, inside and out”.

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2017 KIA STONIC: Heading for world market later in 2017. Image: Kia Motors / Newspress
2017 KIA STONIC: The automaker says it will be the most customisable car in its history.  Image: Kia Motors / Newspress
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