The Stonic could debut in Frankfurt.
Kia's crossover offensive is set to continue with a brand-new model named Stonic. The soft-roader could make its global debut this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The South Korean company explains the Stonic name is a combination of the words "speedy" and "tonic." The teaser sketches hints at a bolder evolution of Kia's design language characterized by thin angular headlights, sculpted bumpers, and pronounced haunches. However, keep in mind sketches can be spectacularly misleading.
The cabin features a clean, tech-oriented design. The dashboard is dominated by a large color touch screen underlined by a piece of U-shaped trim. All of the buttons typically scattered across the cabin are grouped in a cluster on the center console, which gives the rest of the cabin an uncluttered look.
Kia isn't ready to divulge what lies under the sheet metal. British magazine Autocar reports the Stonic is closely related to the funky-looking Hyundai Kona that will debut next week, meaning it will come standard with front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, and an automatic transmission.
We'll bring you more details about the Kia Stonic in the coming weeks. When it lands, it will slot below the Niro as the company's smallest and most affordable crossover. Its main rivals will include the Nissan Juke -- which is allegedly getting axed in the United States -- and the Toyota C-HR.