2018 Kia Stonic SUV in Berlin – Exterior Interior Design & Driving Footage HD
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 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.
“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.”
Expected to account for the largest share of sales, the Stonic is equipped with Kia’s lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine. The three-cylinder turbo engine enables immediate acceleration and high fuel efficiency, while reducing front axle weight (compared to larger engines) for more immediate handling responses. The lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI engine produces 120 ps and 172 Nm torque. A 100 ps version of the engine will also be available to buyers from mid-2018.
Also available from launch are a pair of naturally-aspirated gasoline MPI (multi-point injection) engines: the 1.25-litre engine produces 84 ps and 122 Nm torque, while the 1.4-litre unit produces 100 ps and 133 Nm. The most efficient engine in the Stonic range is Kia’s 1.6-litre diesel engine, producing 110 ps and torque of 260 Nm.
Every engine in the Stonic range is paired as standard with a manual transmission that is designed to maximise efficiency and gearshift feel. Kia is currently re-engineering its seven-speed double-clutch transmission for the Stonic, due for introduction in 2018 on certain 1.0-litre T-GDI models.