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KIA STONIC: AN EYE-CATCHING AND CONFIDENT COMPACT CROSSOVER

An important all-new model for Kia in a fast-growing §egmènt
•Eye-catching, confident, SÚV inspired design
•Combines agile handling and a sporty ride for an exciting drive
•Powered by a range of lightweight, downsized engines
•Cabin combines style and technology options
•Smart packaging for a spacious and versatile cabin
•Strong, lightweight body wîth new driver-assist technologies
•On sale in Europe during Q3 2017

The all-new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover, and is set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe's newest and fastest-growing vehicle §egmènts.

The B-SÚV §egmènt currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year – around seven per cent of the market – and is forecast to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, comments: '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. As the §egmènt expands, the Stonic looks set to become one of our best-selling cars.'

'By volume, the B-SÚV market is expected to overtake the C-SÚV §egmènt by 2020, when more than one in ten new cars sold in Europe will be from the Stonic's §egmènt. The B-SÚV §egmènt attracts buyers from across the spectrum, wîth 21 per cent of all customers upsizing from a supermini, and another 15 per cent downsizing from their family hatchbacks. Cars like the Stonic also appeal to those lòòking to replace their compact MPVs.'

The design of the car is one of the brand's most striking to date, yet it is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to key signature design elements, such as the 'tiger-nose' grille. Designed in Europe, in collaboration wîth Kia's Korean design studio, the body blends sharp horizontal feature lines wîth softer sculpted surfaces. Induviduality is important to many customers in the B-SÚV §egmènt, and the Stonic's 'Targa'-style roof enables buyers to choose a two-tone paint finish, inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept. It will be available in Europe wîth up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, wîth a choice of up to five distinctive colours for the roof.

A range of lightweight, downsized, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, each paired wîth a manual transmission, maximising driver engagement and efficiency. Buyers have the choice of Kia's lightweight 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 120 ps, as well as 1.25- or 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines. An efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine completes the range, offering the lowest emissions in the line-up.

The car's European-tuned §teering and suspension are designed to offer an exciting drive, wîth immediate handling responses and a stable ride. The car is fitted as standard wîth Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ensuring the front-wheel drive Stonic remains enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive in all conditions. Specific functions of VSM include Torque Vectoring by Braking, Straight Line Stability, and Cornering Brake Control.

The Stonic's European-designed cabin places technology and ergonomics at its heart, offering buyers as much potential for individuality as the exterior wîth a range of vivid colour packs for buyers to choose from. One of the smartest cars in its class, it provides owners infotainment technologies designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience. The car gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, bringing seamless smartphone functionality to the touchscreen infotainment system. Like other Kia models, it is available wîth a broad range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience, including heated front seats, cruise control and keyless entry.

Within its compact exterior dimensions, the Stonic's smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants. The car offers class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room, while the versatile 352-litre (VDA) boot has a two-step boot floor.

The car is built on a strong, safe and lightweight platform and bodyshell, wîth Advanced High Strength Steel accounting for 51 per cent of materials used. The body ensures driving confidence, passenger comfort and refinement in all conditions. Buyers can choose from a selection of Kia's DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to further enhance active safety. These technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking wîth pedestrian recognition and Forward Collision Alert; Blind Spot Detection wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Lane Departure Warning System. Backed by a new fusion camera system, Stonic offers High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning to further satisfy the safety needs of customers.

Backed by Kia's quality promise, the car will be sold as standard wîth the company's unique seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty. It goes on sale across Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

Source - Kia

KIA INTRODUCES THE STONIC: AN EYE-CATCHING AND CONFIDENT COMPACT CROSSOVER

•The all-new Kia Stonic is inspired by larger Kia SÚVs
•New vehicle brings compact dimensions and a low centre of gravity to the class
•Customisable options offered like never before on a Kia
•On sale in the second half of 2017

Kia's new B-§egmènt crossover will be named 'Stonic'. An eye-catching and confident compact crossover wîth true European design flair, the Stonic is inspired by the form and function of larger Kia SÚVs.

A sweeping roofline and uniquely designed roof rack add a sporty look to the vehicle. The unique tail lamp graphics amplify Stonic's young and futuristic appearance. The car blends sharp horizontal feature lines wîth softer sculpted surfaces, and brings compact dimensions and a low centre of gravity to the class.

The European-designed cabin echoes the appearance of the exterior, wîth straight lines, smooth surfaces and geometric design forms. The Stonic's interior places technology and ergonomics at its heart, wîth smart packaging maximising space for all occupants, and a 'floating' HMI (human-machine interface) seamlessly blending smartphone access wîth the car's many functions.

On sale in the second half of 2017, the Stonic will be the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out.

Source - Kia

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