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It follows the design and functional idioms of its bigger Kia SUV brothers, but packages it all up inside something that’ll sit in the Ford Fiesta class of cars. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a cartoonish render of the all-new Kia Stonic.

Yup, Stonic. It is, according to Kia, an “eye-catching and confident compact crossover” (read: small SUV) that’s geared towards the more pimpled side of the car-buying demographic. And, as cartoonish renders go, it looks pretty fly.

It’s familiarly Kia all round, while inside we’re told it’s been focused around tech and ergonomics. It may be small, but Kia promises great packaging for all occupants, while up front there’s a ‘floating’ screen that allows smartphone accessibility and so forth. No pictures of the inside have yet been revealed, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Not too long though, because it’ll go on sale later this year in the UK. Engines? Again, no word, but considering its dimensions (it’s a B-segment car), expect ones similar to those fitted in the new Rio: a range of small units, ranging from 1.0-liter gasolines, through 1.25- and 1.4-liter versions with up to 100hp, and a few small diesels too.

Oh, and about that personalization bit: Kia promises that this new Stonic will be the most customizable car it’s ever built, “both inside and out.” Which sounds fine, but please, just go easy on the options.

NOTE: This article first appeared on Minor edits have been made. 

Vijay Pattni
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