Reportedly a combination of the words "speedy and "tonic", the Stonic will square off against the likes of the Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur Opel Mokka X and Mazda CX-3, as well as its Hyundai Kona sibling, and boast the most customisable interior of any Kia offered thus far.
Taking styling cues from the recently launched Rio, refreshed Soul and Sportage, the sketches show the Stonic incorporating the latest versions of Kia's Tiger Nose styling language, albeit more aggressive with a pronounced front bumper, lowered roofline, deep honeycomb front air dam and shaved door handles.
The interior will meanwhile feature a Eurocentric design with "straight lines and smooth surfaces" as well as "a floating human machine interface that will seamlessly blend smartphone access with the car's functions".
Likely to ride on the same platform as the Rio, the Stonic will probably be available with the same range of engines consisting of a 1.0-litre T-GDI in two states of tune, a normally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre CRDI turbodiesel, and even the Sportage's 1.6 T-GDI petrol.
Transmission will include a five or six-speed manual, with a seven-speed dual-clutch optional on some variants. Drive will go to the front wheels with all-wheel drive slated to be offered an option again only on some models.
While unconfirmed, reports suggest the Stonic will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.