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Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke

20 June 2017

The images of the Kia Stonic published ahead of the SUV's official reveal at an event in Amsterdam later this week, and it is timed carefully to the unveiling of the Hyundai Kona, which was announced just last week.

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.

The Kia Stonic is claimed to offer the company's most striking design to date with sharp horizontal feature lines, blended with softer sculpted surfaces.

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Taking distinctive styling cues from the current Rio, the Stonic features Kia's recognisable "tiger nose" front-end design.

Aimed squarely at the likes of the Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR, the new Stonic will compete in what is called the "B-SUV segment" - which has become the hottest sector of the new auto market.

It will be accompanied by up to 20 two-tone colour combinations when it goes on sale during the third quarter of 2017, with five shades to choose from for the roof alone. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, while optional extras include heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry.

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Kia says that, despite the car's compact size, the Stonic has plenty of shoulder-, leg- and head-room for all passengers; and, there's a 352-litre boot, with a two-step boot floor. Kia has also made it a point to mention how the Stonic's cabin has been designed with one prime priority, ergonomics, as compared to everything else. A variety of advanced safety systems are also offered including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

The Kia Stonic will be available in four engines, comprising a 1.0-litre T-GDI, 1.25-litre MPI, 1.4-litre MPI and a 1.6-litre diesel engine.

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Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke