Kia Motors Corporation which
has announced its entry into India recently and is investing US $ 1.1 billion
in India to build a manufacturing plant in the state of Karnataka in South
India, has to be closely watched for the new models it will be introducing in
the global market. There is a likelihood of some of the models seeing an entry
into India at a later stage.
said that its new B-segment crossover will be named ‘Stonic’. An eye-catching
and confident compact crossover with true European design flair, the Stonic is
inspired by the form and function of larger Kia SUVs. The moot question is
whether the Stonic will find its way into India is some for or the other! Keeping in mind the penchant of
Indian customers for crossovers and compact SUVs, this vehicle would be a ideal
fit for India.
The name ‘Stonic’ combines
‘Speedy’ and ‘Tonic’, which refers to the first and last note in the musical
scale. Thus, ‘Stonic’ suggests that the vehicle is agile and offers something
new and fresh in the compact SUV segment.
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 with 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, with straight lines, smooth surfaces and
geometric design forms. The Stonic’s interior places technology and ergonomics
at its heart, with smart packaging maximising space for all occupants, and a
‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface) seamlessly blending smartphone access
with 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.
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