This one’s inevitable and comes right after Hyundai introduced their B-segment crossover, the Kona. Besides the loony name, the Kia Stonic is one crossover to look out for in the coming years.

It’s already in the last phases of development, yet from this set of sketches, the Stonic seems to make an appealing case on its own. At a glance, there are subtle familiarities shared with the fourth-gen Kia Rio, but the front fascia appears to be more dynamic and better suited to the young at heart.

It will get a sweeping roofline with unique blacked out roof rails, whereas the rump echoes the styling of the Kia Sportage. While compact, the Stonic is ought to have a low centre of gravity for a car of its class. The cabin is completely designed by Kia’s European arm, featuring straight lines, smooth surfaces and contemporary geometric design forms.

Priority is given to ergonomics and roominess, though, while the ‘floating’ Human-Machine Interface (HMI) seamlessly blends smartphone access with a multitude of in-car functionalities.

The Kia Stonic will go on sale as early as the second half of 2017, and will also be the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out.


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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.