Hyundai's sister brand, Kia has released a teaser image of its upcoming compact SUV known as Stonic. It is expected that the SUV will be revealed later in 2017 with an official launch sometime in will 2018. According to the company, the word Stonic is a combination of 'Speedy' and 'Tonic', which refers to the first and last notes of the musical scale. The teased images that have been revealed suggest that the Stonic will get large alloy wheels, roof rails, angular headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and fog lamps. In addition, the compact SUV also gets a spoiler, black bumper and dual exhausts which suggest that the car will have a sporty design language.
Inside, the Stonic will get the host of features such as piano black dashboard with orange accents, a touchscreen infotainment system and vertical AC vents. The boot volume is expected to be about 450 litres and according to the company, the rear seats will be able to seat tall passengers comfortably despite being a compact SUV. The SUV is expected to get three engine options a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol, a1.4 litre petrol engine and 1.6 litre engine.
If introduced in India, a 1.2 litre diesel in order to keep the price in check for the diesel versions and the 1.4 litre petrol as seen in the existing generation of the Verna may be used. That said, the company has not made any official announcement of an India launch but a production-ready version will be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and later at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November this year.
While a number of existing players are not participating in the 2018 Auto Expo, Asia's largest motor show, Kia will make its debut and most likely confirm their official entry in the Indian automotive market. The South Korean carmaker is expected to showcase up to four models, most of which are speculated to be launched in India. Alongside Kia's range of cars that would be launched, Hyundai India also stated at a recent press conference that they will soon enter the compact SUV space which has been missing from their portfolio for the time being. The exact timeline, though, has not yet been revealed, however, it is expected that we can see a Hyundai compact SUV by early next year.