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Tech loaded Kia Stonic makes Frankfurt debut


With sister brand Hyundai's Kona compact crossover already out in the open, Kia has used the Frankfurt Motor Show to showcase its model equivalent, the new Stonic.

Leaked online some three months ago, the Stonic, its name a combination of the words speedy and tonic, measures 4 140 mm in overall length with a wheelbase 2 850 mm, height of 1 520 mm and width of 1 760 mm, and is said to be a "confident crossover" with "European design flair".

Eschewing the Kona's somewhat polarising looks for a more conventional appearance, dubbed "the simplicity of a straight line" by lead designer Peter Schreyer, the Stonic takes after the Rio in that it features the latest version of the award winning designer's signature Tiger Nose, complete with new slim LED daytime running lights, black cladding around the wheel arches and door sills, silver front and rear skidplates, targa-style C-pillar lifted from the 2013 Provo concept, choice of 20 two-tone paint finishes and wheel sizes ranging from 15 to 17-inches.

Its European focused tastes continue inside with a slightly more conventional interior than the Kona, consisting of an integrated seven-inch touchscreen display with satellite navigation, Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, customisable trim pieces, dashboard design angled towards the driver, D-shaped steering wheel, choice of four interior trim packs and boot space ranging from 352 to 1 155-litres.

In keeping with its younger buyer target market, standard equipment in the Stonic, apart from the aforementioned connectivity setup, and depending on the spec, includes pinch-and-swipe control with voice commands, heated front seats, a six-speaker sound system, climate control, reverse camera, rain sense wipers, cruise control and keyless go.

The Stonic's safety equipment list is also extensive and includes High Beam Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Hill Start Assist, Torque Vectoring and optional Driver Attention Warning.

Up front, the Stonic will offers a choice of three petrol engines and a single turbodiesel, all driving the front wheels via a five or six-speed manual, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Initially, it will be available with two normally aspirated mills; the familiar 1.25-litre unit producing 62 kW and 122 Nm of torque, and a 1.4-litre making 74 kW and 133 Nm. Expected to be biggest seller, the flagship Stonic will make use of a 1.0 T-GDI developing 88 kW and 172 Nm, with a 74 kW version due next year. The sole diesel offering, as in the Soul, displaces 1.6-litre and cranks out 81 kW and 260 Nm.

Pricing in the UK is rumoured to start from £14 000 (R242 890), although like the Kona, no confirmation from Kia South Africa has been made on whether the Stonic will be offered on local shores.

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Posted by: Nick
Submitted: 12-10-2017