Kia unveils eye-catching new Stonic

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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. Buyers will be able to personalise their Stonic to their liking, and the auto will be available with up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with five colours for the "Targa-style" roof.

Debuting within a week of its closely-related brother, the Hyundai Kona, it's now Kia's turn in the limelight with the Stonic compact SUV. 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.

The Stonic's styling is aggressive although still recognisably part of the Kia family, and the company plans to offer up to 20 two-tone colour combinations. There is also plenty of tech with Kia adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a touchscreen-based infotainment system as standard.

Initial engine details have now been released, with the petrol line-up to include the 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo unit as well as 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally aspirated MPI engines alongside a 1.6-litre diesel unit.

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The Stonic won't win any prizes for a revolutionary dashboard layout, but it looks sensible, comfortable and modern enough in there.

Michael Cole, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe, said: "The Kia Stonic will be one of the most compelling new cars in this rapidly expanding class, backed by Kia's unique warranty, and the brand's reputation for reliability, quality and contemporary design".

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. United Kingdom pricing and specifications have yet to be announced, but we'll keep you posted.

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