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Kia to launch compact Stonic crossover

Published 22 June 2017

Kia has previewed its new compact Stonic crossover. The Fiat 500X rival will go on sale in late 2017, with prices expected to start in the region of £15,000.

The Stonic will become Kia's entry-level crossover and most-likely be based on the same platform as the Rio hatchStonic will take a lot of its styling cues from the Sportage, with a bold front end that will be dominated by high mounted headlights and a wide chrome grille. LED daytime running lights will probably be a standard fit, along with metal skid plates and flared wheel arches. 

Under the bonnet, the Stonic shares a number of its engines with the Rio, with the turbocharged 1.0-litre T-GDI offered alongside the 1.25 and 1.4 petrols. A 1.6-litre diesel will also be offered, while the Niro's hybrid system is rumoured to be under consideration.

Inside the Stonic will have space for four adults and feature a 352-litre boot, with a two-step floor. Kia is promising "customisable options offered like never before", which means buyers should be able to choose from a wide range of colours and infotainment options, which will include navigation, DAB audio and Bluetooth, with streaming music services. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be fitted as standard. 

As with many new family cars, the Stonic will get a full range of active safety kit, with autonomous emergency breaking, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection. It'll also be backed by Kia's comprehensive seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty. 

On sale in late 2017, the Kia Stonic will get its international debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 14 – 24 September where specs, prices and economy ratings will be confirmed in full. 

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