Kia Stonic: an eye-catching and confident compact crossover
- An important conquest model for Kia in a fast-growing segment
- Eye-catching, confident, SUV-inspired design
- Combines agile handling and a sporty ride for an exciting drive
- Powered by a range of gasoline and diesel engines, including 1.0-litre T-GDI
- Cabin combines style, technology and customisation options
- Smart packaging for a spacious, versatile cabin
- Strong, lightweight body with new driver-assistive technologies
- On sale in Europe during Q3 2017
The new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair, and is the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out.
A range of lightweight gasoline and diesel engines are paired with manual transmissions, keeping emissions low and efficiency high. The car’s ride and handling are tuned to maximise driving excitement, with steering and suspension engineered for European tastes. The car’s high-strength steel platform and bodyshell ensure high levels of driving confidence and passenger comfort in all conditions.
The Kia Stonic is one of the smartest cars in its class, with a range of technologies designed to enhance handling, safety, comfort, and convenience. The car’s intelligent packaging results in a spacious cabin and enables a high level of storage versatility.
The product of a close collaboration between Kia’s European and Korean design studios, the Stonic will be manufactured at Kia’s Sohari production facility in Korea. The car is backed by Kia’s quality promise and is sold as standard with the company’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty. The Stonic goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017, in a segment that is due to become one of Europe’s largest in the coming years.
The B-SUV segment: Europe’s largest by 2020.
The Stonic will be an important conquest model for Kia in one of the newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year – around 7% of the market – and is due to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020.
“In terms of sales volumes, the B-SUV market is expected to grow to a similar size as the C-SUV segment by 2021, when more than 1 in 10 new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic’s segment,” explains Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe. “The B-SUV segment attracts buyers from across the spectrum, with 21% of all customers upsizing from a B-segment supermini, and another 15% downsizing from their C-segment family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those looking to replace their compact MPVs.
“This will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly-expanding class, aided by Kia’s unique warranty, and the brand’s reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design. As the segment expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.”
Exterior design: An eye-catching look, and Kia’s most customisable car ever.
European flair is at the heart of the Kia Stonic’s eye-catching appearance. The design of the Stonic has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with the brand’s design centre in Namyang, Korea.
The designers’ brief was to create an ultra-compact crossover, inspired by SUV design. The compact dimensions and low centre of gravity allow for a sleek, lithe body, inspired by the form, function and confidence-inspiring appearance of Kia’s larger SUVs. With short overhangs at front and rear (830 mm and 730 mm), combined with a long bonnet and low roof-line (1,520 mm in height), the Stonic boasts a sporty and confident on-road posture – without compromising the elevated seated position drivers expect of a compact SUV. Black body cladding around the base of the car, and skidplates at the front and rear, add a further element of purpose to the car’s design. A roof rack boosts functionality further.
The design is greatly influenced by a philosophy championed by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer – “the simplicity of the straight line”. The result is one of the brand’s most striking cars to date, and it remains immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to a series of signature design elements. Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been modernised with a new three-dimensional chrome surround, while wide C-pillars echo existing Kia designs, from the brand’s city cars up to its full-sized SUVs. Like all Kia models, the Stonic’s body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces.
At the front of the car, parallel feature lines run down the bonnet, connecting with the shoulder line. Soft, sculpted surfaces at the front contrast with the sharp horizontal lines of the grille, lower air intake, skidplate, and fog lamps. The 1,760 mm width is accentuated by wraparound headlamps with slim, precise details and LED daytime running lights, depending on specification.
In profile, the low roofline is complemented by A-pillars located further back than in many rival B-SUVs, giving the appearance of a longer bonnet for a sporty, raked appearance. Within the 4,140 mm length, the passenger cabin sits between bold wheel arches front and rear and a relatively long 2,580 mm wheelbase. Smooth surfaces along the doors are paired with a sharp shoulder line, while the side sills feature a striking kick-up line where body cladding meets the painted exterior panels.
The shoulder line and rear wheel arches flow into the rear of the car, creating a broad, muscular shape. The rear lamps are technical in their execution, echoing the precision of the car’s headlamp details. Again, the bodywork’s smooth surfaces contrast with the straight lines of the bumper and rear skidplate.
Customisability is important to many buyers in the B-SUV segment, and this is the most customisable Kia yet. The car’s unique ‘Targa’-style C-pillar creates a natural division in the roof and bodywork – and represents the perfect canvas for a customisable two-tone paint finish. The optional two-tone finish is inspired by that of the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, first revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. That concept also boasted a ‘Targa’-style C-pillar, which now features in the production Stonic.
Customers can select from nine single-tone body colours and five roof colours, creating up to 20 two-tone paint combinations. Depending on the body paint finish, the contrast roof is available in Aurora Black, Electric Green, Signal Red, Clear White, or Tan Orange. Buyers can also choose from 15- or 17-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs.
Ride and handling: Agile handling and a sporty ride for an exciting drive.
The Stonic brings an exciting and confident dynamic character to the B-SUV segment, with ride and handling characteristics honed on a variety of European roads to match local preferences. The aim of the development team was to combine sporty and precise handling with straight-line stability and a smooth ride at higher speeds.
More than any other production Kia model to date, the company’s engineers have given greater priority to sporty, confidence-inspiring dynamics, with direct and immediate responses. The Stonic features new front and rear suspension setups which are unique to the car, resulting in a fun-to-drive character.
Suspension engineers sought a natural, linear build-up of body roll, with relatively firm suspension compared to many rivals, to minimise roll. The Stonic’s steering has also been tuned to be quicker and offer a more precise turn-in than rivals and existing Kia models. The Stonic’s short front overhangs also ensure the engines are packaged in such a way as to minimise front axle inertia under cornering.
Technology will play a role in enhancing driver enjoyment, as well as safety. The front-wheel drive Stonic features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system as standard. A range of additional electronic driver support technologies also make the car more enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive on all roads, in all conditions. These include:
- Torque Vectoring by Braking: intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer while accelerating around corners
- Cornering Brake Control: brakes the inside wheels under cornering to maintain course and enhance driving stability
- Straight Line Stability: brakes individual wheels under heavy braking – for instance, during an emergency stop – to stop the car weaving
- Hill Start Assist: ideal for a car that will predominantly be used in urban environments, where stop-start traffic conditions typically prevail
Powertrains: Powered by a range of lightweight, efficient, downsized engines
The Stonic is powered by Kia’s most advanced gasoline and diesel engines, designed to maximise mechanical efficiency, performance, and handling enjoyment.