They call me The Auto {Sleuth}

It seems like just an­other quiet night in the big city. But that’s when your trusty gumshoe gets down and dirty dig­ging up the news.

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS.CA -

First came Kona; now comes Stonic: Hyundai will launch the Kona, a small util­ity ve­hi­cle that slots in be­low the Tuc­son, and now The Sleuth has re­ceived word that the Korea-based au­tomaker’s ju­nior sub­sidiary, Kia, will also make avail­able its own ver­sion for 2018. The Stonic, which is smaller than the Kia Sportage, will be built on the same plat­form as the Kona and come with a tur­bocharged 1.4-litre engine. The Stonic will look some­what like the Kona, other than Kia’s sig­na­ture “tiger nose” grille. The Stonic will also pro­vide two-tone paint fin­ishes - pos­si­bly as many as 20 dif­fer­ent colour com­bi­na­tions - that

pro­vide con­trast be­tween the body and the roof and roof pil­lars. Since hardly any cars (the Mini Cooper comes to mind) of­fer two-tone paint jobs, the Stonic might be re­viv­ing a trend that was once pop­u­lar in the 1950s.

KIA The Kia Stonic slots in be­low the Sportage as a com­peti­tor to the Rogue Sport, Mazda 3 and Toy­ota C-HR.

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