New Kia Stonic SUV revealed

We thought the new Kia Stonic - Kia's compact SUV take on Hyundai's new Kona - was going to get revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

That's because the first photos of the Stonic have leaked online (above and below) as Spanish website Autodato publish the Stonic in all its glory, but they also claim the Stonic is due to be revealed in Amsterdam this week.

Despite the Korean group's efforts to give each model a distinct character on the outside, especially up front where each vehicle incorporates their respective brand's styling features, you can tell that the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic are related. The Stonic is a small SUV designed jointly by Kia's design studios in Europe and South Korea and offers a sedated design language as compared to the Kona.

The car's looks are decidedly "Kia", thanks to several signature design elements, such as the "tiger-nose" grille. There will be 20 two-tone colour combinations available in Europe, with the roof available in five distinctive colours.

The Stonic will go on sale in the United Kingdom in the third quarter of 2017; and, as with any Kia, it will be covered by the company's seven-year/100,000 mile warranty.

The Kia Stonic in India will need to be a sub 4-meter SUV though and might feature slightly different bumpers than the European versions. There is also a splash of colour in the Stonic with orange accents around the centre console. Those in need of a diesel can specify a 1.6-litre engine carried over from the larger Kia Cee'd, rather than the Rio supermini.

If the Kia Stonic does debut today, or later this week, in Amsterdam, we'll be back with all the details. The petrol engine range starts with a 1.0-litre unit with 118bhp, and also includes 1.25- and 1.4-litre engines, while the diesel engine is a 1.6-litre unit, which will be the most economical choice.

  • Carolyn Briggs