Kia has released some sketches to serve as a teaser for their upcoming new model, a crossover called the Stonic. The timing of this emergence does draw comparisons to the Kona, a similar new model coming soon from sister company Hyundai.
We don’t know all that much about the Stonic other than how it’s roughly meant to look and its somewhat odd name. The Hyundai Kona, with which we suspect it shares quite a fair bit, was named after beachfront area in the Big Island of Hawaii. But Stonic, perhaps the smokiest parts of Colorado?
The portmanteau does resemble the Stinger, their most recent car. How Kia explains it, though, is a most impressive display of word mashing, where ‘Speedy’ and ‘Tonic’ - which refers to the first and last note in the musical scale - donate characters and syllables.
Make what you will of the exterior, but expect the final product to have some departures from the rather angular and aggressive design. Some new cues are expected, of course, but it should still very much be identifiable as a Kia SUV, looking similar to the larger Sportage with those proportions and ‘tiger nose’ grille.
They say that the interior will feature a European-design cabin with an emphasis on technology and ergonomics. Perhaps, then, a newer generation of infotainment system will premiere in the Stonic.
Kia also says that it will be their most customisable car yet, with buyers being able to personalise the exterior as well as the cabin, presumably involving multiple colour schemes, accents, and material finishes.
The Stonic is very close to being a showroom reality, though, just like the Hyundai Kona. Kia says that they plan to have it on sale in the second half 2017, but the likelihood that it will enter the Australian market is looking a tad low.