Just a week after Hyundai unveiled its bite-sized Kona CUV, the brand's corporate cousin, Kia, is showing off its take on the subcompact crossover with the Stonic.
Based on the same new small crossover platform as the Kona, the Stonic will slot below the Kia Sportage. It will compete in one of fastest-growing segments, against models such as the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR and Mazda CX-3.
Powertrain details for the U.S. — or official word it's coming — have not been released, but the Stonic will likely debut at the L.A. auto show this fall and go on sale shortly thereafter.
It's expected to carry the same drivetrains as the Kona. That means a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine with 147 hp that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine could be optional on the Stonic as it is on the Kona; that engine is paired with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard with all-wheel drive an option.
The Stonic's styling carries a crisp, conservative look that belies its European design roots and is more conventional than the look of the forward-leaning Kona. Inside, a floating touch screen sits in the center of the dashboard through which users can control their smartphones via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.