First spy pictures of the upcoming Kia Stonic hit the web!
Both Hyundai and Kia have been working hard to deliver their B-segment crossovers to the market.
Hyundai small SUV has been spied testing in different parts of the globe several times before, while Kia’s upcoming Rio-based SUV has been caught out in the wild for the first time today.
While Hyundai has yet to deliver a name for their future small SUV (to be launched this year), Kia’s recent trademark application suggests that they will be naming the vehicle the Stonic.
Kia Stonic spy shots
As far as the styling goes, the upcoming Kia Stonic features a more conventional SUV-like shape compared to the Soul crossover.
The vehicle looks like a lifted version of the Rio hatchback, but with more ground clearance and some body cladding.
The C-pillars and rear three-quarter windows looks similar to those seen on the new Rio hatchback.
The overall exterior design is expected to be influenced by the Rio 5-door, while some styling cues may be adopted from the funky Provo concept vehicle.
FWD standard, AWD optional?
What we don’t know yet is whether the upcoming Stonic SUV will come as an FWD model only, or whether it will also have AWD capabilities.
Going against the Nissan Juke would mean that Kia should make AWD available, but if they are basing this model on the Soul crossover, then don’t be surprised to see it offered as FWD only.
We expect that the Stonic engine range is going to feature a wide range of gasoline and diesel units.
The 1,0L turbocharged unit could be used as the base engine, while 1,4L T-GDI should be available a top of the range.
In Europe, the Kia Rio-based SUV will also be offered with a pair of diesel engines (1,4L and 1,6L CRDI).
Kia’s upcoming small SUV will compete against the likes of Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Hyundai (Intrado).
Rumored release date: late 2017
The all-new Kia Stonic crossover vehicle, assuming that’s what it will be called, will be released later this year, with the most likely unveiling spot being the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The official US unveiling of the Kia Stonic probably wouldn’t come until December at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Stay tuned for more news reports and spy shots of the Kia Stonic small SUV!