Kia is a world-renowned company that has achieved great success, and therefore it does not require any special presentation. This company began its story back in 1970 when it produced bicycles. Today Kia is one of the largest and most popular car manufacturers in the world. The latest model to appear this year on the market is the 2018 Kia Stonic.
This 2018 Kia Stonic is expected to be distinguished by its refined appearance, modern interior design and good performance. Leading to the success of Renault Capture and Peugeot 2008, Hyundai introduced the Kona model a few weeks earlier, now Stonic is coming. In the coming years, the offer will be extended with a Santa Cruz pickup.
The factory in Korea has an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles. 80,000 vehicles are reserved for Europe, while 60,000 are for America. The rest is reserved for other parts of the world. They say that they expect that such products will make up about 10% of all sold vehicles on the European market by 2020. Since the company has not had a strong representative so far, Stonic is very important for future plans.
2018 Kia Stonic – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The 2018 Kia Stonic has brought many designer lines into the category of so-called “lifestyle” products. Already at first glance, many recognizable Korean lines can be seen, first of all in the form of a refrigerator mask, but it is modified and announces what can be expected in the near future. This time, this crossover brings two new colors.
The roof of the 2018 Kia Stonic is always in color different from the rest of the vehicle. Kia calls the “target” roof, although it is not made in the cabrio style, and does not even provide a glass option, but it is allegedly under development. We can conclude that Stonic does not bring a design revolution, but nevertheless it is a very attractive crossover.
Kia has not yet released the dimensions of the Stonic model. They should be similar to the sister Hyundai SUV (4.165 / 1.800 / 1.550 mm, wheelbase 2.600 mm), while the luggage compartment offers 352 liters of useful storage space for storage.
The interior of the new 2018 Kia Stonic is made in a sports spirit. This 2018 Stonic has a wide list of standard and optional equipment. The space has enough for the driver and four more passengers, while all the controls are simple and transparent. Stonic occupies the middle of the class, so it is so much higher than Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, but again smaller than Peugeot 2008 and Fiat 500X. All models come with a 7-inch navigation monitor. The driver’s seat is well below the traditional crossovers, which makes Stonic ideal for city driving, but not for long distances.
The new Kia Stonic 2018 will have a number of electronic driver assistance systems, including the automatic emergency braking system, the pedestrian detection function on the carriageway and a warning on possible collision. Then, the detection technology of another vehicle in the dead corner, a car warning system that encounters side-by-side on the side of the reverse gearing, as well as a warning system in case of accidental abandonment of the conveyor belt.
2018 Kia Stonic – Main Power Production Unit
The Stonic and Kona models share the platform, however, it is not identical. It has been largely modified. This platform comes from one that has already been developed for models such as Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The Stonic model retained a greater resemblance. It is 43 millimeters higher in comparison with the Rio model thanks to its 17-inch wheels.
Three engines will be options. Two gas stations and one diesel. The first version of the gasoline engine is a 1.25-liter engine that has the ability to produce 83 hp. This engine is connected to a five-speed manual transmission, while the only turbo gasoline option is a three-cylinder engine, a 1.0-liter capacity that can produce 120 hp.
The basic version is only available with a five-speed manual transmission, while the turbo engine adds one speed more. The second version of the engine is a 1.6-liter diesel that produces 110 hp. It is most likely that in the coming year it will be replaced by a more modern version when the new automatic transmission with seven degrees of transmission will debut.
2018 Kia Stonic – Price and Expected Release Date
When it comes to the target customer group, Kia will mostly rely on the younger population. This 2018 Kia Stonic will be presented at the beginning of the following year. The model’s price is still official, but there are speculations that it will be around $23,000.