Kia are releasing a new eye-catching and confident compact crossover called the Kia Stonic later this year in the Autumn, with the aim of making it one of their best-selling brands.
Aiming to attract customers looking to upsize from superminis, downsize from family hatchbacks or just replacing their own compact MPVs, it is an important move for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.
The design of the car is one of the Kia's most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, sharp horizontal feature lines and soft sculpted surfaces. And the 'wow-factor' that is oh-so-important to many customers in this segment looking to express their individuality can be achieved courtesy of up to 20 two-tone colour combinations for the car's finish, and 5 distinct colours for the Kia Stonic’s ‘Targa’-style roof.
Engine-wise, a range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be available, each with a manual transmission. Customers will be able to choose from Kia’s lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120PS, or 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines, as well as an efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine that offers the lowest emissions in the line-up.
An exciting drive with immediate handling responses is guaranteed courtesy of European-tuned steering and suspension working alongside the standard-fitted Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and with plenty of room inside the Stonic, somfort is an added extra also as standard.
Driving confidence is enhanced via the safety features, starting with the car's rigidity created initially by the use of Advanced High Strength Steel in its manufacture, and being further reinforced by a choice of safety features including: Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System. Backed by a new fusion camera system, Stonic also offers High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.
Personalisation is also a pivotal element of the interior, with a range of vivid colour packs on offer, alongside infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry.
More information on the Kia Stonic will be released before the car goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017, but you can register your interest in leasing Kia's new baby by contacting one of Nationwide Vehicle Contract's Customer Service Advisors now.