2018 Kia Stonic revealed

As expected, the actual Stonic looks a lot less dramatic than the renderings released earlier this month. Kia's new B-segment crossover certainly isn't unattractive, though.

A high-riding stance, plastic cladding and pronounced wheel arches create a rugged appearance. However, the Stonic – which shares its underpinnings with the existing Rio hatchback – won't be available with all-wheel drive.

Kia Stonic (2018) Front Side

Nevertheless, there's plenty of engine choice. The petrol range comprises 1.0 litre turbocharged and 1.25 or 1.4 litre normally-aspirated units, while the sole turbo-diesel offering has a 1.6 litre displacement.

As is almost mandatory nowadays, connectivity and driver aids feature prominently on the standard and optional equipment lists. A touchscreen-controlled infotainment system that's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible is fitted to every variant, for example.

Customers also have the opportunity to specify various assistance technologies. These include Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Forward Collision Alert, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2018 Kia Stonic is due to arrive at European dealers during the third quarter of 2017. Prices have yet to be announced.

Kia Stonic (2018) DashboardKia Stonic (2018) Rear Side

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