It’s Kia’s gin and Stonic

New Kia Stonic

SO it’s the Kia named after a famous alcoholic drink?

Close, but not quite.

It’s called the Stonic but there’s no gin involved and it’s the latest compact crossover, which will go on sale later this year.

In these just released pictures, Kia’s new baby is very attractive and is said to be inspired by the form and function the bigger SUVs already in the range.

The Korean car maker has described it as “an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European flair.”

New Kia Stonic
New Kia Stonic

Currently there are only two images of the car online. From the renders the SUV’s shape seems to be inspired by the current Sorento.

Of course it comes from under the watchful eye of design boss and guru Peter Schreyer who has transformed the look and perception of the brand over the past decade.

It shares the same muscular profile but the perkier ‘tiger nose’ grille and emphasised bumper give it a more sporty and youthful personality.

Being a compact SUV it has a sweeping roofline and a contrasting colour roof rack.

Kia has however have said that the “European-design cabin echoes the appearance of the exterior, with straight lines, smooth surfaces and geometric design forms.”

New Kia Stonic
New Kia Stonic

The SUV’s interior will have technology and ergonomics at its heart and a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface) – which is a flash way of saying a very tech-laden dashboard.

Smartphone compatibility is an confirmed feature of the new car which alludes to perhaps the integration of ApplePay and Android Auto.

Kia have also revealed that the new SUV will be the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out – again aiming for the younger customer.

As of the moment there are no details on what powertrains will be available when the car goes on sale, although they are likely to be modified versions of the engines found in the Sportage range.

This has got hit written all over it. It’s super-Stonic.

Phil Lanning

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