Here’s our first look in and around Kia’s brand-new Stonic subcompact crossover that follows barely a week after the presentation of Hyundai’s Kona.
Despite the Korean group’s efforts to give each model a distinct character on the outside, especially up front where each car incorporates their respective brand’s styling features, you can tell that the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic are related.
They have a similar footprint and silhouette with both companies offering customization options such as two-tone schemes with different color roofs, with Kia going a step further by adding the exterior mirror caps as well.
From the single image we have of the Stonic’s cabin, the interiors seem to be a bit more differentiated, with each car getting a different dashboard and trims. Again, there’s a splash of color in the Kia with orange accents around the center consoles.
We should have official details soon on the Stonic, but expect similar dimensions to the Kona that’s 4,165mm (164 in.) long, 1,800mm (70.9 in) wide and 1,550mm (61 in.) tall, with a 2,600mm (102.4 in.) wheelbase.
Powertrains will most likely be common too, with Hyundai having already announced the availability of an optional all-wheel drive system, along with several engines, including a 147hp (1459PS) 2.0-liter and a 175hp (177PS) 1.6-liter turbo. Markets outside North America will get a 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine and 1.6 diesel units, while Hyundai also announced a pure-electric version too.
The new Stonic will have its global motor show premiere in Frankfurt this September.
Thanks to Autodato and Christopher for the tip!