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Kia Stonic sets sights on Nissan Juke

Kia is to launch a compact crossover later this year, dubbed Stonic and providing a rival to the Nissan Juke.

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Kia Stonic will provide a rival to the Nissan Juke as well as the forthcoming Hyundai Kona.

Based on the Rio supermini platform, the Stonic draws on styling from Kia’s Sorento and Sportage SUVs, including the familiar ‘tiger nose’ grille seen in the design sketches, with Kia placing a strong focus on its European-led design and vast array of customisation options. Inside, the Stonic will bring a floating central screen and smartphone access to many of the car’s functions.

No engine details have been revealed but the model is likely to carry over engines from the Rio line-up, including 1.4-litre petrol and diesels.

The Stonic will join an increasingly competitive marketplace, alongside compact crossovers such as the Vauxhall’s Mokka X and the Renault Captur as well as the Nissan Juke – all of which are among the UK’s biggest-selling cars. Volkswagen is also planning on entering the fray with a model based on the T-Roc concept seen at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show while the Hyundai Kona – sister model to the Stonic – also arrives this year.

The Kia Stonic debuts in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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