2018 Kia Stonic Mini Crossover Gets An Early Reveal

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!

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  • MarketAndChurch

    Letting Kia go mainstream frees up Hyundai to be a bit more experimental. I always wished that Cadillac and Buick would have that relationship, or, if Mercury would be around for Ford to also have that relationship.

    Not bad but I think the Nissan Kick looks better.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Less terrible than the Hyundai.

  • Mark S

    I will take the Kia over the Hyundai any day.

  • Zandit75

    Not sure about the colours being reversed, but I guess you have to try something different.
    The upper grille between the headlights look like lips, and no I can’t stop looking at them!

  • WG

    This looks better than the Hyundai Kona.

  • roy

    SsangYong much ? But good looking… At lest better than the Hyundai Kona

  • Benjamin B.

    Very Citroen

  • Ilbirs

    I like the color scheme that goes a bit beyond the plain two-tone way. The C pillar suggesting a rollbar looks great. I also liked the interior that apparently looks very functional: no electronic parking brake, no strange design for the sake of being strange even if it’s harder to use, an ergonomically correct steering wheel, a knob-operated entertainment system and other details that seem to us that the team behind this model is composed by people that know that operating a car in an intuitive way is way different than the intuitiveness context when we talk about a smartphone.

  • Blade t

    Looks like every other car made today ….

  • Melissa Ong

    “Stonic” & ” Kona” sound like some kind of Sth American fungus.

  • StrangerGP

    Why can’t they start making interesting interiors in models targeted at younger buyers? Putting some orange elements on the console is not nearly enough.

  • ediotsavant

    Just as I first thought. It is based on the Kia Rio. Interiors are the same.

  • fabri99

    Looks good. Not very original, but definitely nice looking.

  • ediotsavant

    Does this mean the end of the Soul?

  • salamOOn

    pretty boring…..

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