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The Stonic rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona

Leaked images published on an enthusiast forum have prematurely revealed the brand-new 2018 Kia Stonic. The South Korean company explains the Stonic name is a combination of the words "speedy" and "tonic."

Posted on Worldscoop, the leaked photos show a bolder evolution of Kia's design language characterized by thin angular headlights, sculpted bumpers, and pronounced haunches. The two-tone look is loosely inspired by the Provo concept that Kia unveiled at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Auto Show.

The cabin features a clean, tech-oriented design. The dashboard is dominated by a large color touch screen underlined by a piece of U-shaped trim. Most of the buttons typically scattered across the cockpit are grouped in a cluster at the bottom of the center console, which gives the cabin an uncluttered look.

Kia hasn't divulged what lies under the sheet metal. However, an earlier report claims the Stonic is closely related to the funky-looking Hyundai Kona, meaning it rides on a brand-new platform. Front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine will come standard, while all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

Stay tuned, the Kia Stonic could make its official debut online later today. When it lands, it will slot below the Niro as the company's smallest and most affordable crossover. Its main rivals will include the Nissan Juke -- which is allegedly getting axed in the United States -- and the Toyota C-HR.