Today’s subcompact crossovers would be called the weird big-hatchbacks class in the old days, but now, it’s one of the most profitable segments of the automobile industry. Almost every car manufacturer has some kind of the B-Segment SUV, yet it seems that this is not enough. The South Korean car manufacturer Kia already has several models that can compete in the segment, but they are working on one more. The all-new high-riding vehicle will compete against the Nissan Juke in Europe, while in North America it will take on the Mazda CX-3 and Honda’s HR-V. The upcoming crossover still has no name, but the latest reports suggest it will be called the 2018 Kia Stonic.
The 2018 Stonic will probably ride on the same platform as Kia’s thoroughbred Soul subcompact. The new crossover might borrow some engines as well. The starter will use a new 103-hp 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. For those that need more power, the carmaker will likely offer a 2.0-liter unit with 164 hp. Of course, you will find a turbocharged 1.6-liter mill at the top of the range. The engine currently delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the 2017 Soul that lacks all-wheel-drive, the Stonic will offer both FWD and AWD. It should also provide a standard six-speed manual gearbox and optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As for the styling, well it’s still totally camouflaged, but we think it will largely resemble the 2013 Provo Concept. The concept sports pretty unconventional exterior design, which fits perfectly to today’s demands. After all, the Nissan Juke is pretty dull but extremely popular crossover, so why would Kia make any risks when they already have the Provo?
Anyway, the 2018 Kia Stonic will be introduced during this year, so we will find out more in the coming months.