Spanish website leaks images of Kia's upcoming small SUV; it’s expected to cost from around £15,000

The Kia Stonic small SUV is due to go on sale before the end of the year, priced to compete with its arch-rival, the Nissan Juke, which costs from £14,590. The first pictures of the car have leaked online ahead of the official launch later today.

The leaked images of the B-SUV machine appeared on Spanish website Autodato. They confirm the Stonic takes styling cues from the Kia Rio hatchback. There is also a similarity with the similarly sized Hyundai Kona, which was launched by Kia's sister brand last week. 

Pitched directly at the big-selling Juke, the Stonic, which is closely related to the upcoming Hyundai Kona small SUV, is due to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

It will go on sale in October, with prices and specs to be confirmed nearer to that time. It’s tipped to share engines with the Rio family hatchback, given that the two car use the same platform.

This means 1.0-litre three-cylinder, 1.25-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, and a 1.4-litre diesel for higher-end cars, and specs ranging from entry-level 1 to range-topping 3 and GT-Line cars. 

Kia claims that the Stonic offers a level of customisation options unprecedented on any Kia model before it, on both the interior and exterior. Design sketches released by Kia reveal the car’s chunky, Rio-inspired look and intricate rear light clusters. 

The front-end design is far removed from that of the Sportage, suggesting a different aesthetic direction for the brand’s future model. Small SUVs are now a key market for volume car makers, so it’s likely that the Stonic will become one of Kia’s best-sellers when launched in October.

The Stonic, the name of which was unearthed by Autocar in trademark filings back in January, won’t be available four-wheel drive anywhere in its range, despite its position as a more serious SUV than rivals’ soft-roaders. 

Read more: 

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Kia to bring small SUV to market this year

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7 June 2017
Another small SUV thing. Let's have a party.

Still at least it could be bettter looking than the juke. I dread to think of anything that could be worse looking than a juke - is that actually possible, or does it contravene some law of nature?

Spanner

7 June 2017
Spanner wrote:

Still at least it could be bettter looking than the juke. I dread to think of anything that could be worse looking than a juke - is that actually possible, or does it contravene some law of nature?

Well, for me the Toyota C-HR is worse than the Juke, mainly because of its almost complete lack of rear side windows. Stonic? Another ugly name to add to the current list.

7 June 2017
The car industry needs to get together to stop cars being called 'SUVs' when they are clearly not.

SUV (ĕs′yo͞o′vē′)
noun
A four-wheel-drive vehicle with a roomy body, designed for off-road travel.

The Kia is NOT four wheel drive
The Tesla Model X is NOT for off-road use

7 June 2017
DS4 is not five-door coupe, Skoda Superb isn't.
Perhaps we should call 2WD versions Tall Hatch Backs, THB for short

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

7 June 2017
It's a competitor to the Nissan Juke which starts at £14,590 by having an entry price of £17000,seems rather that Kia is getting delusions of being a "premium" product.

bol

20 June 2017
A conflation of stoned and moronic?

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