The Kia Stonic was first unveiled at the International Motor Show in Germany on June 20, 2017. On July 13, 2017, it debuted in South Korea. Upon its release, it was offered in four engine choices. Its trendy name is a combination of “speed” and “tonic”, a rightful description of this vehicle’s proven capability.
Since its launch, it received recognition from different award-giving organizations. It won the “Transportation Design” category at the iF Product Design Award and the “Car Design” category by the Red Dot Design Award in 2018.
In the Philippines, the Kia Stonic is expected to arrive by the fourth quarter of 2020.
On its front, The Kia Stonic is refreshingly designed with the company’s signature grille paired with dual function headlamps. Located below is a wide air intake that efficiently cools its engine.
Its two-toned body, measuring 4,140mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,500mm tall, is designed with character lines and pleasant curves. Its top is equipped with roof rail that enhances its athletic appeal. The rear features a sloping capped window with a stop lamp, a pair of three-dimensional LED taillights, robust fenders, bumper, and a skid plate that aids in regulating airflow.
Inside, drivers will be pleased with the Stonic’s D-cut, multi-function steering wheel, efficient supervision information cluster, and a floating-type navigation system. Five fully grown adults can fit inside its roomy and dark-themed cabin with leather upholstery and high-quality plastic.
This trendy SUV is fitted with an infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for entertainment. It is safe to say that the local release will have the Drive Wise Technology, enabling a delightful and hassle-free cruise anytime, anywhere. Also, you can expect other useful innovations such as rear cross-traffic and blind-spot collision warning, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and driver attention warning.
The Kia Stonic uses lightweight but high strength steel and shares its platform with the Kia Rio. It is equipped with an independent McPherson Strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam axle on the rear.
As of the moment, Kia Motors Philippines has not released an engine specification that will be available in our local market. In other countries, it is offered in four options: a 1.0-liter T-GD1 engine that produces 118hp, a 1.2-liter MPI, a four-cylinder engine that generates 84hp, a 1.4-liter MPI engine that guarantees a horsepower of 98, and a 1.6 CRDi engine. It is paired with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.