Hyundai has been teasing its Kona compact crossover many times over the last couple of months. While the South Korean brand is expected to reveal it fully next week, its sister brand Kia has released concept renderings of its take on a B-segment crossover. And it’s got a weird name – Stonic. As you would have noticed by now, the Hyundai-Kia Group has an affinity towards musical notes when it comes to naming their cars, as seen in the Sonata, Cadenza etc. Those were proper music-related names, but Kia says Stonic combines ‘Speedy’ and ‘Tonic’, which refers to the first and last note in the musical scale.
While we aren’t convinced by that name, from what we see, it should be a fairly good looking CUV. Despite being a rendering, it’s not difficult to imagine the Stonic in production form. It’s got the same signature grille and headlights seen in other recent models, and the overall styling stays true to the brand’s current design language. We especially like the rear with the sloping roofline and striking LED taillight graphics. The cabin also closely resembles those of existing models like the new Rio in layout and design, and Kia says the interior will balance technology and ergonomics well.
Kia also claims the Stonic, which will go on sale later this year, will be the most customisable Kia ever. So your Stonic will not just look different from a Nissan Juke, but also from another Stonic, in theory.